Specialism:Year 10 Electronic Products GCSE (AQA)

What will my child be studying?

This is a highly practical course where students will be involved with a range of materials, processes and technologies involved in designing and producing high quality products. They will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through practical workshop sessions, class work, personal research, and project work. Topics covered include design and making, systems and components, processes and manufacturing.
Students will be working to the AQA GCSE Electronic Products specification. This first year of the two year course deals with acquiring the skills and knowledge that are essential for success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment (project). The course is planned so that new knowledge is backed up with practical exercises, mini projects or using computer based circuit simulations. Mini projects are likely to include making a multi-purpose PCB, using timers to create flashing decorations and programming of Microcontrollers.

How is the course assessed?

The course assessment is through a design and make project, worth 60% of the total grade, and an exam at the end of year 11 worth 40% and based on all the theory studied. Assessments based on GCSE descriptors for each grade and are made throughout the course to ensure that students know the level at which they are working as well as how to improve.

Are there Controlled Assesments?

The project is a Controlled Assessment which is completed under a level of medium control. This consists of a design folder and a final piece based on a design context set by the exam board. This work should take approximately 45 hours and is mainly carried out during year 11.

How long are the examinations?

There is a mock examination taken at the end of year 10. This does not count towards the final GCSE grade, but helps the students to understand what is needed in the exam. It is 2 hours long and includes a design section as well as more formal theory questions.

What equipment should my child have?

Students should always have drawing equipment as well as pens.

What texts would you recommend?

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Electronic Products (pub Nelson Thornes) ISBN 978 1 4085 0417 8
The essentials of GCSE Design and Technology: Electronic Products. David McHugh, Lonsdale Revision Guides. A student workbook is also available

What websites would you recommend

http://www.technologystudent.com/elec1/elecex.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/electronics/

How can I support my child’s learning?

Please ensure that your child prepares for lessons, completes homework tasks and brings in necessary resources to enable him/her to complete classwork to the highest possible standard.

For further information, please contact:

Mr R King at: rking@tringschool.org