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Electronics A Level?

Discussion in 'Science' started by ViolaClef, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Enquiringly on behalf on a teenager, who’s studying GCSE Electronics and wants to go to university to study Electronic Engineering. His school doesn’t offer A Level Electronics - a subject which would be perfect for him and in which he could gain high marks. Is there any way of studying A Level Electronics with a tutor - or is too much equipment required for the practical aspects? Any suggestions or advice?
  2. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Following the Gove reforms the only exam board offering A level electronics is the Welsh board WJEC, although apparently it is possible to do it in England. Unlike most of the new A levels the assessment is 20% coursework so I cannot see how it would be possible to do it with a tutor. Here is a link:

    I would suggest doing maths and physics A levels which should be fine for electronic engineering or moving to Wales!
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  3. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Thank you very much, @gainly, for taking the time to reply and for your advice!
  4. BW12345

    BW12345 Star commenter

    I've had a look, because we do GCSE. The Eduqas courses are for outside Wales.
    For the A level NEA, as with the GCSE, you need access to software, we use Circuit Wizard. There are free programs out there too, such as Yenka. The student would need some basic equipment for testing, such as a multimeter and maybe a small (£35) oscilloscope. Stick to mosty digital project and it's less hassle.
    Then, using a tutor is imho certainly feasible. It would realy need specialist knowledge from the tutor broader than Physics A from the tutor, for the NEA, or things would be a bit of a struggle.
    The specification appears to have holes in it, so you'd be best speaking to the board. From experience, get your approach to the holes agreed in writing!
    ViolaClef likes this.
  5. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Thank you for taking the time to reply and your advice, @BW12345!
    BW12345 likes this.

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