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Electronics The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding in Electronics and to gain the skills needed to apply the theory to practical situations. At AS level you will be studying, both theoretically and practically, the basics of Digital Electronics. This is followed by a short introduction to analogue voltage amplifiers and some basic concepts in communications theory. You also study the common components, subsystems, and circuit theory. Students work on a programmable control systems project in which software is used to programme a small integrated circuit microprocessor. At A2, the broad areas of study are communications systems, system applications and a practical project. Specific requirements You will need the college's general entry requirements including double award science or Physics and one other science subject at GCSE. You will also need Maths at GCSE. (all at grade C or above). What will I study? AS Units Unit 1 - Introduction to Digital and Analogue Systems ? Logic gates and families ? Logistic System Design ? Sequential Logic Systems ? Operational Amplifiers Unit 2 - Circuits and Components ? Current, Voltage Resistance and Power ? Timing Circuits ? Semiconductor Diodes ? Simple Power Supplies ? Signal Sources ? Switching Circuits and Transistors Unit 3 - Programmable Control ? Systems Project ? Control Principles ? Ladder Logic programming ? Programming Microcontrollers in Assembly Language A2 Units Unit 4 - Communication Systems ? Analogue Communication Systems ? Digital Communication Systems Unit 5 - Systems Applications ? Counting Systems ? Signal Conversion Systems ? Power Supply Systems ? Instrumentation Systems ? High Power Switching Systems ? Audio Systems Unit 6 - Design Project ? Project Planning ? System Development ? Complete System ? Report Writing Assessment Unit 1 - A 11/4 hour exam taken in the January of your first year. Unit 2 - A 11/4 hour exam taken in the June of your first year. Unit 3 - The AS coursework. Unit 4 - A 11/4 hour exam taken in the January of your second year. Unit 5 - A 11/2 hour exam taken in the June of your second year. Unit 6 - The A2 coursework. Where does it lead Past students have gone on to study electrical and electronic engineering and other related degrees in subjects as diverse as computing or music technology. It is a good basis for any technical vocation and is attractive to employers such as BAE Systems and the RAF / Navy.

Electronics The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding in Electronics and to gain the skills needed to apply the theory to practical situations. At AS level you will be studying, both theoretically and practically, the basics of Digital Electronics. This is followed by a short introduction to analogue voltage amplifiers and some basic concepts in communications theory. You...

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