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The End of A-level Electronics

ned
ned
Posts: 19

So...

As announced on 2nd Feb:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/news/view/%20redeveloping-gcses-and-a-levels-for-2017/

Electronics OCR is to be no more. This appears to be the same for AQA and WJEC. So next year is the last year for new students.

If anyone's looked at OCR's replacement, the Cambridge Technical Engineering, they'll realise that there is nothing in it that represents anything that we do.

Any thoughts?

Is anyone there?

Ho hum.

Ned

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mde
mde
Posts: 7

Bugger.

Are you sure WJEC are going to stop theirs? The website says

"WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE Electronics qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales."

...although I can't find any mention of electronics on their eduqas website :(

 

 

 

 

 

andy masters
andy ma ...
Posts: 18

There goes my glimmer of hope. My management pulled the plug on Electronics last week due to the government's slashing of our funding. I have the consolation that 'at least you'll be able to offer the Elecronics option in A2 Physics' (we do AQA for this). Yeah, that'll really fill the hole. I'll keep my resources available to everyone for the final push and if there's any need beyond.

If anyone does hear anything positive from WJEC let us all know. Where there's hope there's another kick in the balls coming.

Andy

mde
mde
Posts: 7

I've just spoken to WJEC; they've submitted a specification for A level electronics and are waiting to hear...

RichardW
RichardW
Posts: 7

We stopped offering Electronics as of Sept 2014 (which is sad) - falling rolls, no demand.  Whatever happened to STEM being a priority? 

ned
ned
Posts: 19

We haven't had falling demand. Quite the reverse. The last two years have been pretty healthy. Either way, I'll watch what's happening in WJEC. The old spec was not as good as OCR but...

I just look at all the equipment and organisation and feel a slight desire to weep.

andy masters
andy ma ...
Posts: 18

We had 40-60 AS and 18-30+ A2 students every year, but the reality is that all 6th-form colleges will have to shrink or go out of business. We have a Physicist leaving, so axing Electronics enables us to cover this without recruiting. Physics and Electronics here have a combined 18 AS and 12 A2 groups, and we've been growing year-on-year, but funding is the key. I'd even managed to get into the upper reaches of the ALPS scale, positive ALIS, fantastic 8-fold-way (or whatever the latest measure is called), one of the headline courses at the college - all counts for nothing when the government slashes the funding.

I have felt more than a slight desire to weep, Ned.

OAHardman
OAHardman
Posts: 5

We started out course this year, I read that AQA had stopped the course about a month ago, then only yesterday after searching hard did I find out that OCR has stopped it as well. I emailed the Welsh board and got this. 

We have submitted proposals to Ofqual to develop new GCSE and GCE Electronics courses, if they are accepted then we will hopefully proceed to produce new specifications. I've added you to the email bulletin list to keep you informed of developments.

I also teach D and T Electronics as well and do not really want a general D and T GCSE as welln as removing a really good A level.

My hopes lie with WJEC!

 

Oliver

mde
mde
Posts: 7

Good news!

 I just had this from WJEC:

Following approval from Ofqual, WJEC Eduqas is pleased to confirm the development of 17 qualifications which are planned to be taught in schools and colleges in England from September 2017. These qualifications are all subject to further regulatory considerations, and are listed below
?         GCSE Business 
?       GCSE, AS and A level Electronics 
?         AS and A level Geology 
?         GCSE, AS and A level ICT 
?         GCSE, AS and A level Film Studies
?         AS and A level Law 
?         GCSE, AS and A level Media Studies
 
Development of these qualifications will begin in autumn 2015 and draft versions of the specifications and specimen assessment materials will be submitted to Ofqual for accreditation in spring 2016. These will simultaneously be made available to teachers via the website. 
All of the afore mentioned qualifications are subject to further regulatory considerations as indicated in Ofqual's media release. 
 
OAHardman
OAHardman
Posts: 5
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Originally posted by mde, 16:19, 27th March 2015

Good news!

 I just had this from WJEC:

Following approval from Ofqual, WJEC Eduqas is pleased to confirm the development of 17 qualifications which are planned to be taught in schools and ...
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Good news!

 I just had this from WJEC:

Following approval from Ofqual, WJEC Eduqas is pleased to confirm the development of 17 qualifications which are planned to be taught in schools and colleges in England from September 2017. These qualifications are all subject to further regulatory considerations, and are listed below
?         GCSE Business 
?       GCSE, AS and A level Electronics 
?         AS and A level Geology 
?         GCSE, AS and A level ICT 
?         GCSE, AS and A level Film Studies
?         AS and A level Law 
?         GCSE, AS and A level Media Studies
 
Development of these qualifications will begin in autumn 2015 and draft versions of the specifications and specimen assessment materials will be submitted to Ofqual for accreditation in spring 2016. These will simultaneously be made available to teachers via the website. 
All of the afore mentioned qualifications are subject to further regulatory considerations as indicated in Ofqual's media release. 
 

I was just about to post this.

Good news for my school!

Oliver

ned
ned
Posts: 19

That's excellent news. I'm delighted that WJEC have taken the trouble to push for this. I got the impression that, with the retirement of Michael, there was a loss of motivation to keep OCR's Electronics going (this may be unfair, but Aidan was looking tired too). I just think that this is a shame. The first year of the course was great. The second year had some serious flaws but was still good. Either way, I hope that WJEC make the new spec a coherent and fun course to do.

Ned