Electronics is taught in mixed ability groups from Year 10 as an optional GCSE. It is an intensely practical subject with a strong emphasis on independent research and learning problem-solving skills. Most of the work will be completed on tablet computers, running electronic simulations before building them in real life, culminating in a major project in Year 11.
All Electronics students currently study AQA Electronics which is part of the Science suite of GCSEs, consisting of a major independent practical project worth 25% and a single exam in Year 11 worth 75%. Due to changes in the GCSE structures, Immanuel College will change to a similar WJEC Electronics course which will be first examined by Year 11 in June 2018 with a 25% practical project and two online assessment exams worth 75%.
The course is aimed at students wishing to develop their practical and problem-solving skills and those aiming for a portfolio of GCSEs designed to assist entry into the very best Science and Engineering universities.
We provide optional support at lunchtimes, and after school on request, which offers homework help and additional support especially in the run-up to completion of their final project. Trips have included a visit to Bletchley Park.