Technical Award in Materials Technology

Subject Staff Leader
Mrs P Lane –


Board – AQA

Unit 1 – Coursework: Skills demonstration

  • A number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate ability in 12 core skills. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork. Students will produce a series of small outcomes and record their work in a portfolio of no more than 12 pages.

Unit 2 – Coursework—Extended making project

  • A making project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have developed in Units 1 and 3. Students will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.

Unit 3 – Exam

  • The fundamentals of Materials Technology


Assessment of CourseThe Technical Award has the same weighting as a GCSE and will count as equivalent to one GCSE.
The course has two internally assessed units worth 30% each and one externally assessed exam, worth 40% of the final grade.


Course Content
This qualification is intended for students interested in understanding the working properties of woods, metals and polymers (plastics) and wish to use these materials in a practical way. It will particularly appeal to students who are looking for a course that is practical in nature and will prepare them for further study and employment within related industries.

The Technical Award in Materials technology will give learners the opportunity to develop an understanding of:

materials and their working properties

  • processes and manufacture
  • joining, components, adhesives and finishes
  • commercial practice
  • sustainability
  • careers opportunities.

The Technical Award will appeal to anyone who finds that the application of skills and observations of outcomes aids their learning of theory.

The skills and knowledge gained will allow students to progress to a range of Level 3 courses or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment.


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