Contact: Mrs Emma Warwood-Smith 

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What are we studying?

NCFE Level 2 VCERT Design Technology Creative Craft in wood, metal and plastic

More information can be found at:

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate is a complementary Technical Award and the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of technical craft and in the context of joinery and workshop skills.


The qualification focuses on an applied study of the wood craft sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the joinery industry sector.

The qualifications have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and are appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences.

This Level 2 qualification is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge in joinery and workshop skills. 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 craft process
  • develop an understanding of health and safety considerations in the craft environment
  • develop an overview of enterprise skills and characteristics present in successful enterprising individuals
  • develop communication skills through a range of media.

How are we assessed?

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification.

The assessment for the NCFE Level 2 consists of 2 types of assessment:

  • internal assessment – portfolio of evidence including written and practical work. This will be graded by centre staff and externally moderated by NCFE
  • external assessment – external assessment paper of a timed two hour period. This will be graded by NCFE.

Candidates must be successful in both types of assessment to achieve the qualification. Each unit of this qualification is graded using a structure of Not Yet Achieved, L2 Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Gathering research and investigation are essential learning skills and therefore we actively encourage   students to be dynamic and proactive in their use of workshop skills beyond the classroom.

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the course. Students will be given success criteria and grade descriptors (pass, merit and distinction) linked to the work. For each   practical and/or theory task students will be given a grade, which enables their progress to be monitored. The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework.

The final grade for the qualification will be aggregated by combining the grades achieved for each unit. The final grade will be issued to the centre by NCFE.

The final grade for the qualification is based on a structure of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit which demonstrates the learners’ high standard of knowledge, understanding and skill at Level 2.

Controlled assessment Portfolio of creative skills for units 1,2 and 4: Worth 75% of overall qualification:

Coursework activities are during the spring/summer terms in Year 10 and autumn/spring terms in Year 11.

Examination Worth 25% of overall qualification , 120 minute examination in Year 10/11

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Creative Craft. The maximum class size is 18.

What home learning are we expected to do?

There will be at least one homework task set per week, which should take around 45 minutes to complete. This will include research activities, work sheets, design and development work, evaluation of practical work and project based activities. Practise of the practical skills in the holidays or at weekends is desirable. Students need an A4 ring binder folder to store and transport their classwork and homework to and from school. Students are encouraged to read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of scientific vocabulary.

What can parents do to help?

  • Help/allow students to participate in any DIY projects or cleaning/maintenance or repair of equipmente.g. lawnmower.
  • Encourage the reading of related books/magazines or the watching of programmes (there are many of these available).
  • Collect a variety of interesting objects to study and/or use as reference or to help generate ideas.
  • Family visits to museums (especially design/industrial), places of interest with technical interest e.g. windmills/waterwheels, many of these have their own web sites which are also a great source of information.
  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the technical vocabulary that is new to each topic.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child