By choosing to study A-Level Electronics, you will develop a foundation in Electronics knowledge and understanding as well as developing a number of mathematical skills. You also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice by producing an Electronics project.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of three AS-Level units and three A2 level units. You will study six units and the assessment for A-Level Electronics is by exam and project.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- OCR AS-Level Electronics
In the unit, Simple Systems, you will learn about simple digital systems, digital from analogue, pulses and logic systems. In the Signal Processors unit, you will learn about storing signals, negative feedback, counting pulses, amplifying audio and microcontrollers. In the Build and Investigate Electronic Circuits unit, you will produce three short tasks, including a digital circuit and an analogue circuit.
- WJEC AS-Level Electronics
In Introduction to Analogue and Digital Systems, you will develop knowledge of logic gates, logic system design, sequential logic systems and operational amplifiers. In the second unit, Electronic Circuits and Components, you will study current, voltage, resistance and power, timing circuits, semiconductor diodes, simple power supplies, signal sources and switching circuits. In the Programmable Control Systems Project, you will be able to use ladder logic programming in a project.
The A2 Electronics is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Electronics. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Electronics with the AS-Level Electronics makes up the A-Level Electronics. The A2-Level Electronics will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Electronics.
- OCR A2-Level Electronics
In Electronic Control Systems, you will develop knowledge of MOSFET circuits, digital processing, servo control and microcontroller systems. In the second unit, Communication Systems, you will learn about video displays, modulating carriers, frequency division multiplexing and time division multiplexing. In the Design, Build and Investigate Electronic Circuits, you have the opportunity to not just design, but also build, test and analyse a circuit to serve a purpose.
- WJEC A2-Level Electronics
In the Electronic Communications Systems unit, you will study filters, modulation techniques, radio receivers and digital communication systems. In the Electronics Systems Applications unit, you will develop understanding of counting systems, microcontroller systems, power supply systems, instrumentation systems, audio systems and high power switching systems. In the Electronic Design Project, you will complete a project in around 25 hours.
A-Level Electronics Exam Board Information
- The OCR A-Level Electronics specification is available on the AQA website.
- The WJEC specification is available here.
Students who study A-Level Electronics may choose a variety of degree courses at university, including Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Physics and other natural sciences. If you choose a different career path, then you are able to demonstrate to employers that you have mathematical skills, as well as the ability to analyse, evaluate and research.
Other Useful Information
- OCR past papers for A-Level Electronics are available on their website.
- WJEC offer past papers on their website.
- There is a selection of A-Level Electronics resources available here.