NORTH EAST WOLVERHAMPTON ACADEMY

Excellence through Endeavour

Electronics

Year groups taught: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Introduction

Welcome to Electronic Products, the subject that makes the world work. Electronics is one of the most important areas of study in today’s society. Without it you wouldn’t be able to view this webpage right now, the streets wouldn’t turn on, the nation’s defences would be powerless and, more importantly, you wouldn’t be able to play Angry birds!

Why is this subject important?

People today live in a world that relies greatly on electronics and gadgets to make our everyday activities easier and faster. Most of us could not fathom what life we be like without computers, cell phones, iPods, televisions, or electronic toys. Over the years, technology has continued to advance, improving the quality of life for people who use electronics and gadgets to make their lives more convenient.

Resources to highlight

The key resources needed to be successful in Electronics are the basic circuit building tools, such as a soldering iron, solder and a pair of pliers. Access to a computer and a good internet connection are also required as they will allow student to further research the world of electronics and keep up to date with the latest technological development and advances in the subject area.

Key stage 3

Introduction

In Year 7 you will introduced to Electronics and the possibilities it has to offer. Through completing a project which will engage and interest you, it will allow you to clearly see what Electronics has to offer. When in Year 8 the knowledge you’ll have gained in Year 7 will be developed and advanced thanks to the introduction of PIC chip programmed circuits that you will create.

Year 7

Structure of course
1 lesson per week for 1 whole term

Topics covered
Steady hand game project

The skills students will learn this year are
How to safety and successfully use the soldering equipment; understand the basics of electronics; know how an electronic circuit work; know and demonstrate the use of different systems in the world; learn how to use basic woodworking tools to create the housing for the steady hand game circuit

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. They are also assessed through marking of the work completed in the lesson. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work and progressed made through the work completed.

Year 8

Structure of lessons
1 lesson every week for the whole academic year.

Topics covered
Electronic theory and practical and CAD/CAM project

The skills students will learn this year are
Develop their electronic circuit building skills; know and understand how a PIC chip run the circuit; learn how to read resistors; be able to use CAD software to create a case to house the MP3 circuit; to know how CAM works and the benefits to using it.

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. They are also assessed through marking of the work completed in the lesson. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work and progressed made through the work completed.

Key stage 4  GCSE Design & Technology: Electronic Products

Introduction

GCSE Design and Technology: Electronic Products (4540) helps students to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials.

This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

  • Pathway: N, E and W
  • Qualifications: GCSE Design & Technology: Electronics Products
  • QAN Code: 500/4605/6
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are

Select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products; have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate; design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers; gain an advanced knowledge of Electronics so to be able to design and manufacture a circuit for scratch; know and understand what the different components in Electronics do and where they would be required in a circuit.

What you will study

Year 9
Battery tester circuit project; USB night light project; 555 timer circuit project

Year 10
PIC chip programming project; component theory assignment; GCSE controlled assessment assignment

Year 11
GCSE controlled assessment assignment; Revision for the GCSE Electronics Products exam

Students are assessed by

Year 9
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. They are also assessed through marking of the work completed in the lesson. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work and progressed made through the work completed.

Year 10
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. Mock exam papers will also be given to students to complete under exam conditions to prepare them for the final GCSE exam. The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment.

Year 11
The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment. The mark awarded for the controlled assessment will go towards the final GCSE grade. The final GCSE Graphic Product exam will be marked externally and go towards their final GCSE grade.

Final exam components

  • Unit 1: Electronic Products written paper Written Paper: 2 hours
  • Unit 2: Controlled Assessment Task Controlled Assessment

What might students study after this?

  • A Level Product Design
  • BTEC Engineering

Possible careers

Design Engineer; Project Engineer; Engineering Specialist; Chief Engineer; Quality Control Engineer; Software Engineer; Development Engineer; Reliability Engineer; Research Engineer; Systems Design Engineer; Field Engineer; Test Engineer; Sales Engineer; Electronics Technologist; Biomedical Engineering Technologist; Sales Engineering Technologist; Service Engineering Technologist; Systems Test Engineering Technologist; Product Engineering Technologist; Software Engineering Technologist.

For more information contact

Mr D Wicken.