Systems & Control Technology

Course Title: Systems and Control
This is a subject which is still an ‘old style’ A level. This means that the result of the AS exams contributes 50% to the overall A level marks, the second 50% coming from exams at the end of year 13 on the A2 modules. If a student drops the course after AS then this old type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond.
Examination Board and details AQA Specification version 1.2


Course Structure:

AS    Unit 1




         Unit 2



SYST1 – 2 hour written exam 50% of AS (25% of A2)

Exam based on theory learning throughout the first year. Electronic, mechanical and pneumatic systems and their application.


SYST2 – Controlled assessment (Approximately 50 hours)

50% of AS (25% of A2)

Practical portfolio with a working electronic product. Projects to be set by exam board.


Course Structure:

A2     Unit 3




         Unit 4




SYST3 – 2 hour written exam 25% of A2

Exam based on extended written answers and a design question. Preliminary material provided by the exam board.


SYST4 – Controlled assessment (Approximately 60 hours)

25% of A2

Practical Portfolio similar to the AS course but demonstrating a greater understanding of practical application.


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.)


  • Group and class discussions.
  • Research and presentations.
  • Investigation and data collection.
  • Internally assessed coursework in both AS and A2.
  • External trips (Oxford Brookes – Engineering Dept)
  • Examination style questions.


Assessment Methods

At AS:


                              At A2:



SYST1 (written exam 50%) and SYST2 (coursework element 50%)


SYST3 (written exam 50%) and SYST4 (coursework element 50%)          

Entry Requirements: Consortium entry requirements
Skills you will need


Excellent creativity

Highly accurate making abilities

Mathematical capabilities

An analytical mind

Curiosity about how things operate, function and are manufactured




Careers Steps/Progression


The Course can lead to higher education possibilities and careers in: Engineering, Motorsport Engineering, Audio Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aviation Engineering, Energy Engineering, Creative Product Design, Product Design and Innovation, 3D Design, Art and Design, Web Design, Media Design, Game Design, 3D Animation, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Naval Architecture. Endless possibilities.






S. Waggott – Larkmead School

A. Williams – Fitzharrys School

C. Pennington – John Mason School 

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