When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to develop electronic skills at an advanced level? This course enables you to design, build, test and analyse electronic circuits. The focus will be on practical applications, and you will apply the theoretical learning to useful, functional tasks.

The course is suitable if you are a committed student and have achieved a good Maths grade at GCSE level. The course will give you an introduction to electronics at an advanced level, and can lead to careers in a range of electronics contexts, as well as computing and other areas. It also provides preparation for Higher Education, and gives you skills that are valuable in all disciplines.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. Electronics combines particularly well with Maths.

The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language), Mathematics
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures 
  • Discussions
  • Practical sessions
  • Project work
  • Group work

Assessment:

The course is assessed as follows:

  • Two module examinations are sat during each year
  • You will also complete one project module each year

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

If you choose to continue your studies in a related subject, there are many degree courses available, and your studies on the A Level course will help you to make an informed choice from the options available. 

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    Unit information

    Year 1 (AS)

    Unit 1: This will focus on how digital systems work, as well as investigating operational amplifiers. You will learn to design and utilise both of these things.

    Unit 2: This will enable you to design and build basic power supplies, simple transistor amplifiers, timing circuits and sensors.

    Unit 3: This involves a programmable control systems project. You will learn to utilise assembly language programming using a PIC microcontroller.

    Year 2 (A2)

    Unit 4: This examines electronic communications systems. You will learn about topics including filters, modulation and pulse code.

    Unit 5: In this unit you will study electronic systems applications. This will involve looking at counting systems, microcontroller systems and audio systems, among others.

    Unit 6: This consists of an electronic design project, in which you will complete an extended piece of work.

  • Pwllheli

    Unit information

    Year 1 (AS)

    Unit 1: This will focus on how digital systems work, as well as investigating operational amplifiers. You will learn to design and utilise both of these things.

    Unit 2: This will enable you to design and build basic power supplies, simple transistor amplifiers, timing circuits and sensors.

    Unit 3: This involves a programmable control systems project. You will learn to utilise assembly language programming using a PIC microcontroller.

    Year 2 (A2)

    Unit 4: This examines electronic communications systems. You will learn about topics including filters, modulation and pulse code.

    Unit 5: In this unit you will study electronic systems applications. This will involve looking at counting systems, microcontroller systems and audio systems, among others.

    Unit 6: This consists of an electronic design project, in which you will complete an extended piece of work.