A Level Electronics
A Level • Level 3
About the course
The North-West is at the heart of the UK’s Electronics industry; an industry embedded in our day-to-day lives, from basic infrastructure to our mobile phones and computers. Our A-level Electronics course provides the foundations to embark upon a career in this modern industry as humanity progresses through the information age.
The course is designed to teach learners essential scientific knowledge and to develop their confidence and competence in a variety of practical and problem‐solving skills sought by universities and employers.The scope of the A-Level Electronics course is quite broad, enabling the development of skills in a range of theoretical, practical, industrial and environmental contexts.
A-level Electronics is complementive of other A-level courses offered at Burnley College such as Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. It is recommended, but not essential, that students study one of these other courses.
At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: A grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and preferably a grade 5 or above in GCSE Physics.
The course is assessed through a mixture of examination (80%) and extended realisation tasks (20%), split across three components. Component 1 and component 2 are both examinations covering the entirety of the A-level Electronics specification from the two years of study. Component 3 is coursework comprised of two extended realisation tasks, including the development of a microcontroller system, and an extended project involving both analog and digital subsystems designed to meet a desired function and criteria. The coursework component of the course is developed alongside theoretical content across both years.
Careers & Progression
The knowledge and skills you will learn and practice throughout the course will help you to progress to Level 4 courses, apprenticeships or careers in electronics or wider engineering areas, such as process control, systems design, manufacturing, robotics/automation and medical services. The transferrable skills developed by studying electronics are actively sought out by universities and employers.
Extra curricular activities
Students will have the opportunity to use Raspberry Pi boards to develop projects beyond the scope and requirements of the course, as well as the chance to visit universities in the north west, or hear from employers about career opportunities in the electronics industry.