Studying Electronics at school will teach you about the design, assembly and testing of circuits and electronic products, as well as introduce you to computer programming. These skills will be useful in a career as an electrical or electronics engineer/technician, computer or robotics engineer, or in the digital/IT industries generally.
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What is Electronics?
The Technology curriculum is often taught as a number of different subjects, including Electronics as well as Design & Visual Communication and Materials Technology, but there are core elements that are common to all. These include the key concept of ‘intervention by design’ and exploring the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the process by which humans make things and shape their environment.
Students learn about how functional combinations of hardware and embedded software in the real world – circuits, prototypes or products – are developed, assembled and tested.
Some schools offer Electronics as a separate Technology subject, while others may teach some electronics knowledge and skills within general Technology or Science classes.
Why should I take Electronics at school?
Studying Electronics at school is good preparation for tertiary study in Electronic, Electrical, Mechatronic, Computer, Network and Mobile Systems Engineering, as well as Information Technology and science subjects including Physics and Computer Science, although it is not a required subject for entry into any of these courses.
You'll need Maths (especially Calculus and Algebra) and Physics to get into engineering courses, and a good background in Maths is necessary to study Computer Science. English is another good subject to take, as you'll always need to be able to communicate with clients and work in teams.
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