GCSE Electronic Products


Students studying GCSE Electronics Products at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here.


Electronic Products is broken down into 2 units:

  • Unit 1 (45401) - Written Paper - 2 hours - 120 marks - 40% (Candidates answer all questions in two sections - Pre-release material issued.)
  • Unit 2 (45402) - Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60% (Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks. The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.)


What is involved?

  • How to develop a specification for a new product
  • How to analyse existing products
  • How to generate a range of design proposals
  • How to use the internet to research ideas
  • Product planning and development
  • How to select materials and work with tools and equipment
  • How to evaluate products by tasting and testing them
  • How to improve ICT skills and learn all about CAD and CAM
  • Developing awareness of consumer requirements of a product
  • Analyse products and the processes used to manufacture them
  • Work practically with materials and components
  • Sustainable considerations of design and make.


Key Dates

Students are given deadline dates throughout the controlled assessment.


Who should study this course?

  • Any student that is interested in how electronic products are designed and made
  • If the opportunity to learn in a practical and realistic way and apply your skills in work related situations appeals to you
  • If developing knowledge and understanding of resistant materials with electronics interests you
  • Any student who enjoys using computers to design, program and make products that move, emit sound or light
  • Having an interest in designing and making products that have that added something extra!


How will this course lead to careers involving Electronics?

The range of Engineering careers is too numerous to list, but could include working in industries such as: Aeronautical, Marine, Automotive, Mechanical, Electronics, Telecommunications, Computer systems, Robotics, Health, Construction, Energy and many more!