Electronics

Electronics-based products play a vital role in our daily lives, from the sophisticated diagnostic equipment used in modern hospitals to leading-edge fibre optic communications.

Computer technology, avionics, telecommunications and consumer electronics are advancing at an ever-increasing pace. The success of UK industry also depends on having a skilled and motivated work force. Young people studying electronics as a design & technology subject are learning skills that will hopefully drive them to follow electronics-related higher and further education paths or vocational paths. Young people will develop skills that are invaluable in other areas of their lives, such as communication and problem-solving skills. The subject also gives them the opportunity to gain self-confidence through the tangible successes they can achieve.

THE TEACHING OF SYSTEMS AND CONTROL ALLOWS STUDENTS TO: 

Develop an understanding of basic electronics theory - understand and effectively apply soldering techniques and safe working practices - develop understanding of basic component identification and function - gain an understanding and effectively apply the process of designing, testing and manufacturing of a simple circuit board - effectively use a range of techniques for designing and testing of an electronic circuit design using Breadboards and computer simulation packages. - apply systems theory when developing circuit designs - apply circuit design theory - effectively use ICT (Yenka/ Real PCB) – understand microprocessors and design and build software to be embedded to perform specific tasks - understand the 3 main types of circuit board manufacture in the classroom (PCB draft Photoresist and etch/ manual drafting on plain copper board and etch / PCB draft and CNC cut).

Pupil outcomes

All pupils make a variety of projects that will develop students’ understanding of basic electronic components (Switch, L.E.D, resistor, transistors, sensors, microprocessors and battery) and how they can be combined to produce a working product. The students develop basic electronic prototyping and manufacturing skills used in the manufacturing of PCBs such as the etch process, drilling out circuit boards and soldering techniques. Pupils develop ICT skills to understand how Yenka and Real PCB are combined to produce a working circuit board layout. Pupils develop skills in identifying the correct electronic components (resistor colour coding etc), They will be able to produce a detailed evaluation of their product and recognise most components. They will be able to draw circuit diagrams and answer questions on electronics as well as programming embedded software onto microprocessors.

At Saint Bede’s, we offer KS3 and GCSE Electronic Products teaching state-of-the-art technology, which means our students can work at the forefront of all the major areas of electronic engineering. Previous students have gone on to study A-level electronics as well as entering  careers such as: electronic engineering and computing; telecommunications industries including radio, television and satellite communications; medical electronics, instrumentation and industrial process control in companies including: BAE Systems, Nokia, the Royal Navy, Xilinx, British Energy and Westinghouse. Some have continued with postgraduate study at MSc and PHD level.

GCSE Electronic Products

Key features and benefits are: 
 - The qualification is broken down into two units 
 - The final exam worth 40%
 - Design and make activity worth 60%

Unit 1 :  Creative Design and Make Activities
  • Internally assessed 

Overview of Content

  • Students can either design and make one product.
  • Students will develop skills in researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making and testing and evaluating. 

Overview of Assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. 
  • Students must complete a design and make activity. 
  • Students need to complete their designing and making within 40 hours of informal supervision.
  • Marking of task(s) will be carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.
  • There are eight assessment criteria for designing, and five assessment criteria for making. 
Unit 2 Knowledge and Understanding of Electronic Products 
  • Externally assessed 
  • Availability: June series 40% of the total GCSE Overview of content
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and technology. 
  • Students will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.: Creative Design and Make Activities. 

Overview of Assessment 

  • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination 
  • The examination paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions are compulsory. 
  • The examination paper will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. 

Content Overview

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and technology.
Students will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

 

Assessment Overview
This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination