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Electronics

GCSE Course Followed: Electronics

Specification: WJEC (Syllabus code C490)

Why Choose GCSE Electronics?

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop scientific and mathematical knowledge, engineering skills and the ability to tackle problems in a pure electronics context. GCSE Electronics is studied in such a way as to develop and maintain an interest in Systems and Electronic Engineering and the appreciation of its relevance in everyday life. The practical work enables learners to see the theoretical knowledge contained in the specification in action and to gain greater understanding of the knowledge in a practical context.  Electronics students develop and test components and systems using advanced level test equipment to solve problems in the real world. We are fortunate to have a dedicated Electronics lab that allow our specialist staff to deliver a course that prepares students well for a future career in any technical discipline.

For boys there is a video promotion for Electronics at AGSB on SharePoint and can be found here.

The course is divided as follows:

Component 1: Discovering Electronics.  1hour 30 min.
This examination is worth 40% and is a mix of short answer questions, structured questions and extended writing questions, with some set in a practical context.

Component 2: Application of Electronics.  1 hour 30 min.
This examination is also worth 40% and is a mix of short answer questions, structured questions and extended writing questions, with some set in a practical context.

Component 3: Coursework—Extended System Design—20% of the marks
This is a practical task to assess skills in design, development and testing.

Key Stage Four Curriculum Overview

Year 10

 

Name of topic

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

HT 1

A tasks

B tasks

Systems and building circuits, individual common components
Input process blocks and signals

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

HT 2

C tasks

Semiconductors, Capacitors and Diode circuits. Output components

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

HT 3

D tasks

Transistors and combining circuit blocks

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

HT 4

E tasks

Timer circuits

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

HT 5

F tasks

Logic and Boolean operators

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic
Trial Exam

HT 6

G tasks

H tasks

Amplifiers

Interfacing

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

Year 11

 

Name of topic

Key Content of the Topic

Assessment points

HT 1

I tasks

Sequential systems and counting

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic

HT 2

J tasks
Revision for exam

Programmable systems
Revision topics based upon assessments and pupil request

End of topic tests
Multiple tasks throughout the topic
Mock Exam

HT 3

NEA

20hr NEA task

NEA portfolio

HT 4

NEA

20hr NEA task

NEA portfolio

HT 5

revision

Revision topics based upon assessments and pupil request

Revision tests (MS forms)

HT 6

NA

 

GCSE exams

Recommended Revision Guides for GCSE
Mr Smith's notes cover the course and show what tasks are to be completed in order. Each topic is broken up into small individual sections to teach the theory and practical. Each topic has an introduction / description and a test at the end. Simulation software is available on SharePoint to allow students to build and simulate their work and to aid their own learning. There are also multiple websites showing theory and practical simulation materials.

Support available for GCSE Students
 Lunchtime sessions are available in T1 for pupils studying electronics – the simulation software is a free download from SharePoint with alternatives for those using the Mac operating system. 

There are also multiple videos of the tasks available on office365 for those who need a variety of support methods