Years 10-11

Level 2 Award

The qualification is designed to develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of Resistant Materials including the commercial and enterprise aspects of design.  It also provides the opportunity to develop confidence, team skills, literacy, numeracy and study skills that will support progression into post 16 education. 

The course is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • Use raw materials, tools and equipment in a safe and competent manner
  • Develop analytical and research skills
  • Evaluate their own work, develop ideas and learning through the practical process
  • Develop an understanding of health and safety considerations in the workshop environment
  • Develop an overview of enterprise skills and characteristics present in successful enterprising individuals
  • Develop communication skills through a range of media
  • Skills that are essential for the modern workplace, such as planning, research skills, communication, problem-solving and health and safety.

The course leads to a Level 2 Award with a range of marks available and is assessed as follows:

Unit 1: Exploring knowledge of materials, techniques and enterprise skills
Unit 2: Research and develop design ideas for products to be made
Unit 3: Respond to a design brief
Unit 4: Produce practical outcomes

Examples of practical outcomes are bookends, furniture, storage boxes, picture frames and pull apart toys.

Progression routes from the course and potential job occupations:

Once students have finished the course the work related knowledge gained can lead to employment in a range of design and manufacturing environments including general manufacturing, product design, customer relations, project management, technicians etc. It can also lead to further education through National Vocational Qualification’s, A-Levels in Product Design or the Diplomas in Engineering or Manufacturing and Product Design at levels 2 or 3.