Why study this course?

A Level Electronics has been running at Malbank now for 8 years. In that time there has been some significant successes. The pass rate is running at 99% over the whole period and one student achieved a top 3 mark in the country. The Electronics lab is well equipped and each student receives their own electronics kit to take home if they wish to build, experiment and test circuits.

How is the course structured?


Unit 1: Introductory Electronics - 
1 Hour Written Paper
Unit 2: Further Electronics - 1 hour written paper
Unit 3: 30 Hour Coursework Project


Unit 4: Programmable Control Systems - 
1 Hour Written Paper
Unit 5: Communication Systems - 1 hour written paper
Unit 6: 30 Hour Coursework Project

What are the entry requirements?

Grade B in the GCSE Electronic Products Exam or grade B in Science plus grade C in Maths.

Please note that students who achieve a grade B in Electronic products where the majority of the marks were gained through their coursework will be considered on a case by case basis as GCSE coursework bear little resemblance to A Level Electronics.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Maths and Physics go well with A-level Electronics. If you are capable of doing A Level Mathematics you should breeze through the Maths content of Electronics. There is also some overlap of the Physics and Electronics syllabuses. In the past many students have found that Electronics compliments their Product Design A Level and do in fact use electronics in their projects.

What career paths would this course lead to?

A Level in Electronics can open up a number of career paths. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering including the Automotive Industry and Computer Science are just a few examples. A high percentage of engineers go on to work in management in a range of engineering and manufacturing industries.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Fault finding techniques
  • Use of equipment including oscilloscopes,signal generators, voltage, current, resistance and frequency measuring techniques.
  • Circuit diagram interpretation
  • Logical thinking and problem solving
  • Improved mathematical skills

What Extra Opportunities are available?

We operate an open house policy where students can come in and use the facilities when required.

"I received my results from Malbank in 2005 and was successfully enrolled onto an engineering course where I achieved a first class degree. Initially I had no idea what I wanted to be but figured an accredited course in engineering would eventually lead to prosperous opportunities in the real world. The creative spirit nurtured at Malbank Sixth Form College continues to shine through and now contributes on a daily basis to the engineering world."

Benjamin Brewin studied Engineering at Lancaster University