Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Electronics

Why Study Electronics at Bolton School?

Of all the branches of science and engineering, electronics probably has had the most profound effect on our lives.  Electronic devices today enter practically every aspect of our lives through computers, mobile phones, TV, smart homes, robotics, navigation, medicine etc. Driven by a huge industry, the subject constantly evolves and stays at the very forefront of the latest technology.  By studying Electronics at Bolton School you will learn the theoretical and practical skills required to design and build electronic circuits.  You will work in a modern and stimulating environment using professional equipment and you will be surprised how quickly you progress on to building complex electronic systems which you never thought possible before you started.

By working alongside teachers who are passionate about electronics in and out of school, you will inevitably find the subject absorbing and fascinating.  Staff in the department have extensive current A-level examining experience and are responsible for the publication of some 25 articles, 5 books and a DVD on the subject.  The department has a fine record of superb results at A-level, and it is also proud of its students’ success in gaining Arkwright Scholarships.

Students who choose to study Electronics at A-level will generally be keen, practically-minded people who enjoy applying scientific principles and mathematics to solve real engineering problems. They will be achieving a high standard in Mathematics and Physics at GCSE.

Where Will it Lead?

By studying Electronics you will be opening up a range of career opportunities in science and technology industries, in which there is a shortage of qualified people.  Electronics belongs to the suite of science courses and is valued by most universities as a science qualification.  It is an ideal A-level subject to take for university education in any of the Engineering disciplines including, of course, Electronic Engineering.  The course superbly supports further education in Physics and the other sciences.  In these cases, A-level Electronics would often be taken along with Mathematics or Physics or both.  However, Electronics students from Bolton School also frequently go on to university to study subjects such as Medicine, Music Technology, Computer Science, Teaching, Design etc.

What is it like, studying Electronics? 

  • The course starts by building upon basic electrical principles learnt in GCSE Physics and quickly progresses onto more complex circuits
  • You don’t have to have previously studied GCSE Electronics, but it helps!
  • Much of the course is covered through practical work which helps to reinforce the theory and make it all very relevant
  • 20% of the course is assessed by practical coursework projects, the rest by written examination
  • You will have achieved good GCSE grades in Mathematics and Physics (and, ideally, Electronics) before embarking on the A-level course
  • You will learn all about modern electronic components, from resistors to microprocessors
  • You will learn how computers and mobile phones work!
  • You will build lots of electronic circuits and use a wide range of advanced equipment
  • Students will go on visits and trips to see industrial electronic systems
  • You will surprise yourself at how quickly you are able to design and build your own complex electronic systems.