Systems and Control (Cambridge Nationals)

Our GCSE Systems and Control course introduces students to how microprocessor control systems are used in a variety of engineering environments. Topics include electronic principles, simulating, constructing and testing, engineering applications of computers and process control systems.

Students develop practical skills by designing, producing and testing the operation of simple electronic controls and there are mandatory and non-mandatory elements, please see how this is broken down below.

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R113: Electronic principles

Students learn about the fundamentals of electronic circuits and how they relate to the design, maintenance and repair of electrical/electronic systems used in engineering products. They design, construct and test electronic circuits using appropriate techniques, procedures and equipment, including fault-finding and identifying potential electrical hazards.

R114: Simulate, construct and test electronic circuits

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of the construction techniques and processes used in the manufacture of electronic and electrical circuits. They use computer-based simulation software to prototype and test the operation of circuits and produce designs for printed circuit boards (PCB). They also learn how to evaluate the performance of a simple electronic circuit.

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R115: Engineering applications of computers

Students consider how computer and microprocessor systems are used in a variety of engineering activities. This includes how engineering industries use Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to design and manufacture new products. Students also look at the use of systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Programmable Interface Controllers (PIC) in automated manufacturing.

R116: Process control systems

Students explore how different microprocessor and microcontroller control systems are used in a variety of domestic and commercial engineering contexts. They develop a practical understanding of how such control systems are designed, simulated and tested, and they solve design problems using appropriate sensor, transducer and programmable logic controllers (PLC) or programmable interface controllers (PIC).