Materials Technology

Head of Department - Mrs K Coles

Upper School

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

This is a new accredited qualification that is based on producing high quality practical work.  You will work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high quality products using woods, metals and polymers.  You will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies. This technical award in materials technology will help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.

Course Content

Year Term 1 and Term 2 Term 3
10 You will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate your competence in the 8 core skills outlined. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork. You will produce a series of small made outcomes and record your work in a portfolio of no more than 15 pages. 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 introduced to the extended making project examples which could be from the following: range of jewellery, child’s educational toy, small piece of furniture or a small product for use in the garden.
11 You will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge you have developed in unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 2. The project will be in response to a brief. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication. You will complete a series of tasks that will include revising materials and their working properties, their processes and manufacture techniques in preparation for your final examination.

Skill Development

The course will develop a wide range of practical making skills including using hand tools for cutting or shaping, casting or moulding and using joining and finishing techniques in a range of materials. You will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of materials and their properties.  You will also gain a whole host of technical transferable skills. They include: Communication and Teamwork. It has a specific focus on creativity.


The course has three Units, 2 internally assessed and 1 externally assessed examination.

Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed- 30% of the course)

Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed – 30% of the course)

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed – 40% of the course)

Additional Information

The majority of the subject content will be delivered to you through the practical projects. The knowledge and understanding of the subject content will be assessed in all three units.  This Level 1/2 Award is a non-EBacc subject and is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. This is a vocational qualification and fulfils entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE. Level 2 = A*-C of the old GCSE.