The course covers both academic and practical elements and is divided into a total of six units: three AS units and three A2 units.
At AS Level you will study digital and analogue systems, circuits and components and a programmable control systems project.
At A2 Level you will study communications systems and systems applications, the final module being the design project where you will design and test an electronic system.
Updated July 2017
Students who wish to take a programme of AS/A Level subjects would normally be expected to achieve a minimum of seven GCSEs at grade C, preferably including English and Maths. (If this has not been achieved at school, a commitment to enrol on GCSE Maths and English at college will be required if it is your intention to go on to higher education.)
A pass at GCSE in Science and/or Maths is required to undertake this course.
At AS and A Level the course has practical and theoretical components. Four of the six components are assessed by external examination, the remaining two being internally assessed.
From September 2017, the following A Levels (Electronics, Music Technology, Dance, Classics, Ancient History and Geology) have not been reformed by Qualifications Wales. This means they will only be offered by English examination bodies which have focused on linear delivery – with all exams and practical assessments taking place at the end of year two.
The AS Level is still available, but no module marks from any external assessment will be carried forward into year two and is a totally separate stand-alone qualification. If you are enrolling for a linear A Level, you must understand the level of commitment required for the two year course. There is a likely increase of examination time and requirements, and all external assessment will take place at the end of the two years.
Staying at Gower College Swansea, you could progress on to the HND in Electrical Engineering.
This course allows progression to higher education or vocational electronics training via an apprenticeship and will provide a firm foothold for students wishing to study electronics or engineering.