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MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY

SUBJECT OVERVIEW



This is for students who want to work with materials in a practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and plastics, students who like making things will really enjoy this course. It’s a hands-course using core skills to make high-quality products using woods, metals and polymers.


Students will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and skills as well as modern technologies like laser cutters and 3D printers.


This Level 1/2 Technical Award in Materials Technology gives students a whole host of easily transferable skills including a wide range of practical making skills including using hand tools for cutting or shaping, using joining and finishing techniques in a range of materials and develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of materials and their properties.


Additionally, students will gain transferable skills such as communication and teamwork that will benefit them in the workplace.



SKILLS DEMONSTRATION


(Internally Assessed) Students will carry out a number of projects to demonstrate their ability in the 12 core practical skills. Students will produce a series of practical projects like desk tidies, birdhouses or trophies and record their work in a

portfolio of around 12 pages per project, including the transferable skill of teamwork.



EXTENDED MAKING PROJECT


(Internally Assessed) Students will do one extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. The project will be in response to a set brief and

may include things like lamps and radios. Students will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.



FUNDAMENTALS OF MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY


(Externally Assessed) Students will gain knowledge of the applications and characteristics of a wide range of woods, metals and plastics and learn about possible careers within industry. They will sit an exam about these materials and their working properties and be tested on processes and manufacture.


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