About Level 1/2 Award Materials Technology 3740 Syllabus
Our Level 1/2 Awards in non-EBacc subjects are ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. Many of them are tailored towards specific career areas and all have a focus on creativity.
These vocational qualifications fulfil entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE in the Key Stage 4 performance tables.
Who is this Level 1/2 Award in Materials Technology for?
14-16 year olds who want to study materials in a 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.
This technical award in materials technology will help learners develop the knowledge, skills and experience and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.
What will learners study?
Learners complete three mandatory units (one externally assessed and two internally assessed) across 120 guided learning hours.
Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)
Learners will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 8 core skills outlined. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini projects should allow for this. Learners will produce a series of small made outcomes and record their work in a portfolio of no more than 15 pages.
Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)
Learners will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have developed in unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 2. The project will be in response to a brief, examples of which are included in Example tasks. Learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.
Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)
Learners will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. They 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.
Will the knowledge and skills developed be useful for further studies?
This Level 1/2 Award in Materials Technology gives learners a whole host of technical transferable skills. They include:
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.
Learners will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of materials and their properties.
Which subjects complement this course?
This Level 1/2 Award in Materials Technology complements vocational qualifications including areas such as plumbing, carpentry and jewellery manufacturing.
It’s also a great partner for GCSE Design and Technology or Art and Design.
Upon completion, learners can progress to Technical Certificates and other Level 3 vocational qualifications such as NVQ Carpentry or Manufacturing and Production and A-level Design and Technology: Product Design.
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