A Level Electronics

INTRODUCTION

WJEC Eduqas A level Electronics provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a
positive attitude towards, electronics and to recognise its importance in their own lives and in today’s technological society.
The WJEC Eduqas A level in Electronics will ensure that learners have the electronic and mathematical knowledge and electronic engineering skills to solve
problems. This should enable learners to appreciate how many problems in society can be tackled by the application of the scientific ideas in the field of
electronics using engineering processes. The scope and nature of the learner’s study should be coherent and practical. The practical work enables learners to see the theoretical knowledge contained in the specification in action and to gain greater understanding of the knowledge in a practical context.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Past successful students have:

  1. entered Higher Education for courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Physics Mathematics
  2. obtained Modern Apprenticeships in Engineering
  3. joined the Armed Forces in Technical Trades and Commissioned Services

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

The course will be assessed in summer 2019. The examinations will be a mix of short answer and extended answer questions, with some set in a practical context.

Component 1: Principles of Electronics
(Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes, 40% of qualification)
This component covers the following topics:
1. Semiconductor components
2. Logic systems
3. Operational amplifiers
4. Signal conversion
5. AC circuits and passive filters
6. Communications systems
7. Wireless transmission
8. Instrumentation systems

Component 2: Application of Electronics
(Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes, 40% of qualification)
This component covers the following topics:
1. Timing circuits
2. Sequential logic systems
3. Microcontrollers
4. Digital communications
5. Optical communication
6. Mains power supply systems
7. High power switching systems
8. Audio systems

Component 3: Extended system design and realisation tasks
(Non-exam assessment, 20% of qualification)
Task 1
A design and program task to create a microcontroller system programed in assembler language to solve an identified problem, need or opportunity.
Task 2
A substantial integrated design and realisation task to create an electronic system to solve an identified problem, need or opportunity.

AIMS

Studying WJEC Eduqas A level Electronics enables learners to:

  • develop essential scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the behaviour of electrical/electronic circuits
  • develop and demonstrate a deep understanding of the nature, processes and methods of electronics as an engineering discipline
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop and learn how to apply observational, practical and problem-solving skills in the identification of needs in the world around them and the testing of proposed electronic solutions
  • develop and learn how to apply creative and evaluative skills in the development and assessment of electronic systems to solve problems
  • develop their interest in electronics, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with electronics.

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 applied study apply. Students will need a strong mathematics background and have achieved well at GCSE Physics. As a minimum requirement a Grade 5 in maths and a 4 in Physics is considered, but these should ideally be Grade 6 in maths and B in Physics.