GCSE Design Technology - Resistant Materials

The Resistant Materials course is a mix of practical and design work that allows students to use their knowledge and skills from Years 7 and 8, and start to apply them into the context of a mini GCSE project.

The first half term is taken up with building a design folder from which students can carry out their practical work.  There will be an emphasis on conveying thoughts and ideas through accurate drawing work and modelling, as well as discussion and evidence of the thought process.  The remainder of the term and the following term will be devoted to practical work.


The assessment follows the criteria and levels set out in the proposed new curriculum.  A good assessment for this year will give a good indication of how well a student may perform in the actual GCSE examination.  It should be noted that the course has become more academically orientated.


As with all our courses, there is a voluntary contribution attached to cover the increasing cost of materials.  This option will now have two lessons per week for the year rather than the original one.  Consequently, the materials used are likely to increase accordingly.  A figure of £20 per person per year should cover general material costs.

Why study Resistant Materials in the future?

The GCSE course covers a range of skills from Graphics to the making of products.  This can lead directly into the current A Level structure where Design and Technology can be studied in the form of Product Design or Resistant Materials.  From this point you could be looking at a career in the design industry serving, for example, car or furniture manufacturers.

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