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Electronics AS/A Level Science, Psychology & Engineering Board and Syllabus details Board: AQA - Syllabus: AS Level (1431), A Level (2431) About the subject Are you interested in controlling things like planes, cars etc. automatically, or how to sense the environment around you and change it? Would you like to be able to build your own guitar amp, create effects or filter out unwanted frequencies from music? What about being able to design a security system with timing devices and infrared beams. If these things excite you then read on. You will need to be interested in designing and then building your own circuits. This will involve you using prototype boards but there will be no box building or soldering. In each topic you will learn the electronic theory and develop the ability to apply what you know to your own circuits. Gradually you will develop your skill in producing working and reliable electronic circuits. Fault finding is another high-level skill and one which you will be able to use to greater effect as the course progresses. It is intended that students go on one trip each year to an engineering site to enable students to see the relevance of their newly acquired skills in the market place. 30% of the qualification will be based on a project built on prototype boards. Most of this project work will be completed in lesson time under supervision. Within two lessons of starting the course students will be designing circuits capable of saving someone's life! Learning Styles Care is taken in the course to show the relevance of circuit theory at each stage. Practical work will take place in most lessons with students being expected to translate a circuit diagram into a working circuit prototype. Homework will mainly be in the form of relevant past paper questions. For the coursework component students are expected to build a circuit of their own design. There is one project a year and each project should be accompanied by a report of around 15 A4 pages. Revision will take the form of structured questions selected from past papers. Revision forms part of the lessons in the lead up to exams. Exams will take place only in the summer of each year. Students should be able to manipulate simple equations (of GCSE Maths standard) and to communicate the development of their coursework project. Subject combinations and progression Electronics stands by itself as a separate subject but there are overlaps with Physics and indeed the two compliment each other well. It is NOT necessary to study Physics in order to take Electronics, and no prior knowledge of Electronics is required. Subject modules and assessment AS Module 1 Foundation Electronics 1.5 hrs Written Paper 15% of marks (30% AS) Module 2 Further Electronics 1.5 hrs Written Paper 20% of marks (40% AS) Module 3 Coursework Project Practical project and report 15% of marks (30% AS) A2 Module 4 Electronic Control Systems 1.5 hrs Written Paper 15% of marks Module 5 Communication Systems 1.5 hrs Written Paper 20% of marks Module 6 Coursework Project Practical Project and report 15% of marks Entry Requirements GCSE Science, Additional Science and Mathematics grade C. It is not necessary to have studied Electronics before

Electronics AS/A Level Science, Psychology & Engineering Board and Syllabus details Board: AQA - Syllabus: AS Level (1431), A Level (2431) About the subject Are you interested in controlling things like planes, cars etc. automatically, or how to sense the environment around you and change it? Would you like to be able to build your own guitar amp, create effects or filter out unwanted frequencies...

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