Specification at a glance

There are six units in A-level Electronics 2430: Units 1-3 for the AS assessment at the end of the first year of study and Units 4-6 for A2 assessment at the end of the course.

Both AS and A2 assessments include exams and coursework.

A-level Electronics requires students to sit a total of four written exams and to complete two coursework projects. Assessment will be at the end of the course in June.

AQA sets no previous learning requirements. Previous experience of Electronics is not a pre-requisite, but we recommend that candidates have the skills and knowledge associated with GCSE Physics, Maths, Computing, or equivalent. Centres are free to set their own requirements.

AS Examinations (AS Award 1431)
Unit 1 – ELEC1 Introductory Electronics
Written Examination – 67 marks, 6 or 7 compulsory questions of varying length.

1 hour
35% of the total AS marks
17½% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only
Unit 2 – ELEC2 Further Electronics
Written Examination – 67 marks, 6 or 7 compulsory questions of varying length.

1 hour
35% of the total AS marks
17½% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only
Unit 3 – ELEC3 Practical System Development
Coursework – 50 marks
Focused on the content of AS units 1 and 2

30% of the total AS marks
15% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only
A2 Examinations (A-level Award 2431)
Unit 4 – ELEC4 Programmable Control Systems
Written Examination – 80 marks, 7 or 8 compulsory questions of varying length.

1½ hours
17½% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only
Unit 5 – ELEC5 Communications Systems Written Examination – 80 marks, 7 or 8 compulsory questions of varying length.

1½ hours
17½% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only
Unit 6 – ELEC6 Practical System Synthesis
Coursework – 50 marks
Focused on the content of A2 units 4 and 5

15% of the total A-level marks

 Available in June only