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Learning at West Coventry Academy



Qualification: Technical Award Level 2          Exam Board: AQA

Is this course for you?

Would you like to study materials in a practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and plastics?

This Technical Award in Materials Technology will help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience required within the industry and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.

What Will You Do?

Unit 1
You will undertake a number of mini projects that will be assessed against 12 practical skills including; using hand tools for cutting and shaping, forming, bending or laminating, casting or moulding, joining techniques, machining and the use of power tools and Using CAD/CAM. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini-projects should allow for this. You will produce a series of small made outcomes and record your work in a portfolio.

Unit 2
You will produce a single product that showcases a range of technical skills from Unit 1.

Unit 3 Knowledge including; materials and their working properties. processes and manufacture, joining, components, adhesives and finishes, product specification, commercial practice and careers opportunities.

Assessment Details:

Unit 1 Skills Demonstration - 30% - Internally assessed - 12 practical skills

Unit 2 Extended Making - 30% - Internally assessed - Project assessed against planning, making,
Project evaluation and communication        

 Example briefs

  • Create a piece of jewellery
  • Create a child’s toy from sustainable materials
  • Create a piece of furniture for the home.

Possible Career Options:

  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Jewellery manufacturing.
  • Product Design
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Designer
  • Teacher

Further Education:

  • NVQ Carpentry
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • A-level Design and Technology: Product Design.