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D&T - Resistant Materilas Technology

evel Level 2 Technical Award in Resistant Materials
Exam Board AQA

Through this practical Technical Award in Materials Technology, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in making high quality products using woods, metal and polymers (plastics).

They will be expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies. 

This qualification is modular and is split into three units. One is an externally assessed exam and the other two are internally assessed.

  • Unit 1: Skills demonstration
  • Unit 2: Extended making project
  • Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology

What is assessed: Unit 1 Skills Demonstration

Students undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills

How it is assessed

30% of overall qualification, Internally assessed, 36 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately. The GLH should be split between teaching and assessment time as appropriate 72 marks. Each skill will have 6 marks allocated to it across 3 mark bands.

What is assessed:  Unit 2 Extended Making Project

Students will undertake an extended project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. 

Students will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages.

How it is assessed

30% of overall qualification, internally assessed, 36 Guided learning hours (GLH) approximately (72 marks)

What is assessed: Unit 3 Fundamentals of Materials Technology

Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the following: materials and their working properties, processes and manufacture, joining, components, adhesives and finishes, product specification, commercial practice, careers opportunities.

How it is assessed

  • 40% of overall qualification, Externally assessed, Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 48 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approximately, 96 marks


  • Section A: 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Section B: Mixture of short answer and extended response questions (76 marks)

Which subjects will complement this course?

This qualification could also be complemented by GCSEs in Art, Science, Maths or Business and by Technical Awards in IT, Visual Communication and Sport. Successful completion of this course could lead to further study of a wide range of courses at A-level, related Level 3 vocational qualifications, or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment.

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