Material Technology Technical Award - DT

This new Level 1/2 Technical Awards is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. These qualifications all have a focus on creativity.

14-16 year olds who want to study materials in a creative and practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and polymers will really enjoy this course. It will enable learners to work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high-quality products using woods, metals and polymers.

Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies.

The course content

  • Development of a variety of workshop and modern skills.
  • Understand specialist technical principles
  • Planning, production and evaluation of a product.
  • Understand, material properties, processes and commercial manufacturing techniques.

Assessment

30% - Unit one: Skills Demonstration (internal assessment)
Students undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills and the knowledge associated with these.

30% - Unit two: Extended making project (internal assessment)
Students will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages.

40% - Unit three: Fundamentals of materials technology (90 minutes external examination)
Materials and their working properties; processes and manufacture; joining, components, adhesives and finishes; product specification; commercial practice and careers opportunities.

Restrictions:

Students can opt for only one design and technology based subject at GCSE level.

Progression

These vocational qualifications fulfil entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16 and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.

Start Date

July 2018

Exam Board

AQA

Location

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level

Technical Award