Material Technology Course Content

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Material Technology GCSE

Students complete three mandatory units.

Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)

30% of the overall qualification

You will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate your competence in 12 core skills. 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 of no more than 12 pages.

Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)

30% of the overall qualification

You will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge you have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge you have developed through Unit 3. The project will be in response to a design brief.

You will develop skills in planning, development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)

40% of the overall qualification

You will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. You 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.


Coursework portfolio – 60% (units 1 and 2)

Exam (1 ½ Hours) – 40% (to take place in the summer term)