Junior Cycle Material Technology Wood

Material Technology Wood, more commonly known as "Woodwork", is a hands-on subject where you will be working with tools and machinery, as well as with wood and plastic. 

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What's on the Junior Certificate Materials Technology Wood course?

  • Adhesives
  • Carving
  • Choice of Materials
  • Conversion
  • Design
  • Disease & Defects
  • Drawing Question
  • Finishes
  • Health & Safety
  • Joints & Jointing
  • Manufactured Boards
  • Plastics
  • Power Tools
  • Processing Wood
  • Rainforests & Deforestation
  • Seasoning
  • Sharpening
  • Tools
  • Trees & Growth
  • Veneering & Laminating
  • Woodturning  

What's the Junior Certificate MTW exam like?

35% of your Junior Cert grade comes from your project where you will research, design and build an object according to a brief released in February. Your teacher gets a list of three possible woodwork projects in February. You choose one and your project should contain;

  • An analysis of the selected brief
  • Investigation/research
  • Development of design ideas
  • Sketches, notations, working drawings
  • Manufacture of chosen solution 
  • Evaluation of design and project

For the written paper, Section A has 20 short questions of which you will be marked out of your best 16. Section B has 5 long questions of which you must do three. The exam last for 2 hours. 

Any tips for doing well in Junior Certificate Woodwork ?

Make sure to put a lot of work into your project as it is worth 43% (higher) and 50% (ordinary) of your final grade. Get it done early – it’s an opportunity to earn marks in advance of the exam, so don’t leave it until the exams are around the corner, as it won’t receive the attention it deserves.


Download the Junior Certificate Materials Technology Wood (MTW) Syllabus

Download the Junior cert Materials Technology Wood Chief examiner's report (2009)