Electronics

Electronics

Electronics

The Electronics Department teaches Electronics at A Level. There are two specialist Electronics teachers and the Head of Department is Mr Mark Schramm. The department has a dedicated and well equipped teaching laboratory in the Science Centre, and works closely with the other sciences through, e.g., an active Year 7 Science Club. The subject follows the WJEC A Level specification.

The course is academically challenging but includes much hands-on practical work, and provides an excellent link between science and engineering. Theoretical work on material for written exams is supported by regular practical sessions so that pupils see how the design theory is implemented in real systems. Approximately one third of the course is project work. The AS year includes 2 microchip programming projects. In the A2 year, the spring term is mostly devoted to an individual project, in which each student specifies, designs, builds and tests an electronic system of their own choice. This provides almost unlimited scope for more able and adventurous students to stretch themselves.

The department has enjoyed considerable success over recent years and has been awarded the Good Schools Guide Award for the best score by an independent school for boys taking Electronics A Level five times in the last seven years: in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.