Electronics is fundamental to modern life and forms the basis of most modern technology. This course provides a thorough grounding in the subject, which can help you to make sense of complex and diverse electronic systems such as computers and mobile phones. The course contains both practical and theoretical elements that will help you to develop your analytical skills, which can be useful whether you choose to go on to study engineering or go straight into employment.
In the first year you will study both digital and analogue systems. Digital systems include both combinational and sequential logic.
Boolean algebra and Karnaugh mapping are used to analyse such systems, so some mathematical skills are required. Analogue systems involve various applications of the operational amplifier, timing and transistor circuits. The coursework consists of a software programming project using both Ladder Logic and Assembly Language.
In the second year you will study Communication Systems and Systems Applications, which include Audio Systems and Instrumentation Systems. The project is a design-and-build exercise, but the final project needs only to be completed on prototype board, so that soldering is not required.
At least 5 GCSEs Graded 9-4 or A*-C including A Grade B/6 or above in Science and Grade B/6 in Maths is preferred with a minimum average of 5 at GCSE.