What the subject is about
The subject is studied through a systems approach, based on input, process and output. Projects increase in complexity. This course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit.
What the students will learn
Students test and construct their own electronic products, first through computer modelling, and subsequently as working prototypes. There is a lot of emphasis on using CAD & CAM throughout. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical opportunities this course offers. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials.
How the students will learn
Students will complete a series of mini projects in year 9 and 10 to develop and build their knowledge of electronic systems and products.
In year 10 students will start their major coursework project (controlled assessment) that will continue to year 11. This will involve a detailed efolio of work and a final manufactured electronic product. Students will learn through practical application and investigation of systems and electronic products.
Students will be required to complete a range of home learning activities to support their controlled assessment and to prepare them for their external examination in year 11.
Coursework and Examination Information
The course consists of 2 Units:
- Unit 1: 2 hour external examination
- Unit 2:Controlled Assessment of Major coursework project consisting of an efolio and final manufactured product.
Unit 1 = 40% of the total GCSE
Unit 2 = 60% of the total GCSE
Career and other important information
There are many careers available that require problem-solving, mathematical and scientific skills. Students who wish to develop careers in these areas would also benefit from this option choice.
Industries linked to this course are;
Electrical Engineering, Electrician, Engineering, Science and Mathematical related careers, Product Design.
This course leads well into the A Level Electronics course offered at P16.