Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials

Type and Level of Qualification: GCSE Level 1/2

Exam Board and syllabus: AQA

Course code: 45600

Course Content

Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials including wood, metal and plastic. It offers many opportunities to be creative and requires students to develop problem solving and spatial awareness skills through drawing and practical work. Students gain skills, knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, tools, machinery and equipment as well as industrial production and related environmental issues.

In Year 10, students work on acquiring skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject through design and make projects and theory lessons.  Design and make projects include: a stool/small table, coat hook, gadget holder, linkage toy and pencil/money box.  Students are also taught: orthographic and isometric drawing, computer aided design and manufacture.

Methods of assessment

Unit 1 - Examination

Students sit a two hour examination on the theory and practice of designing and making using resistant materials.  The examination contributes to 40% of the final GCSE grade.

Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment

The controlled assessment project is 40-45 hours of work and contributes to 60% of the final GCSE grade.  Students produce a folder of 25 A3 sheets and make a storage unit which assesses their research, designing and making capabilities.

Key dates of assessments

  • Unit 1: Two hour examination in June of Year 11.
  • Unit 2: The controlled assessment begins in the summer term of Year 10 and is completed by March of Year 11.

Additional textbooks and Supporting materials

  • GCSE D&T Resistant Materials, AQA Specification which is published by CGP, ISBN 978 1 84762 353 9,
  • AQA Design and Technology Resistant Materials Technology, published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 978 1 4085 0273 0.

How parents can help

  • Encourage your child to hand in homework every week and meet the controlled assessment deadlines
  • Remind your child to attend controlled assessment catch-up sessions if they have missed a lesson
  • Encourage your child to take an interest in relevant design based television programmes, news items and magazines
  • Encourage your child to build three-dimensional models and draw three-dimensionally
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