Why study this subject?
Materials Technology will provide learners with an appreciation of knowledge of materials and their properties and of commercial practices within related industries. They will focus on scales of production, commercial manufacturing systems and safe working practices when working with materials, components and machinery. They will gain in depth knowledge of commercial production processes, and be able to comment on aspects of a product that could be improved to make it more suitable for commercial production. The Technical Award will appeal to anyone who finds that application of skills and observations of outcomes aids their learning of theory. This qualification could also be complemented by GCSEs in Science, Maths or Business. Successful completion of this course could lead to further study of a wide range of courses at A level, related level 3 vocational qualifications, or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment.
What skills will learners develop?
You will learn how to make a range of high quality prototypes, samples and products using woods, metals and polymers. You will apply technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. You will get to learn both traditional skills and use modern technologies.
What will I study?
- Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)
You will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate your competence in 12 core skills outlined in the specification. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini-projects will allow for this. You will produce a series of small made outcomes and record your work in a portfolio of no more than 12 pages.
You will undertake a number of mini projects that will allow you to be assessed against 12 practical skills.
How it’s assessed
- 30% of overall qualification • Internally assessed • 36 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately. • 72 marks • Each skill has 6 marks allocated to it across 3 mark bands. Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)
You will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge you have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge you have developed through Unit 3. The project will be in response to brief. You will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.
You will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills you have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge you have developed through Unit 3. You will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages
How it’s assessed:
- 30% of overall qualification • Internally assessed • 36 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately • 72 marks Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)
You will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. You will gain knowledge of the applications and characteristics of a wide range of woods, metals and polymers and also learn about possible careers within industry.
You will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the following:
- materials and their working properties • processes and manufacture • joining, components, adhesives and finishes • product specification • commercial practice • careers opportunities.
How it’s assessed
- 40% of overall qualification • Externally assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 48 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately • 96 marks
Section A – 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks) Section B – Mixture of short answer and extended response questions (76 marks)
How will I be assessed?
There are two internally-assessed units, and a third unit that is externally assessed. The first unit is a demonstration of technical skills and the second will be a making project, allowing learners to showcase the skills they have developed.