Design and Technology GCSE - Resistant Materials
In year 10 pupils now have two GCSE options for Design and Technology.
- AQA Resistant Materials (RM)
- AQA Graphic Products (GP)
Resistant Materials (AQA)
Resistant Materials is fundamentally a ‘design and make’ course using resistant materials (woods, metals, plastics and composites). Pupils undergo a controlled assignment project of their choice within themes set by the exam board. This could be as varied as designing and making a prototype model of a mobile phone, MP3 player or toaster or designing and making a full scale functioning product. As long as the project is achievable in the school workshops, can be completed in the time available, within the pupil’s budget and fits with the assessment criteria, then it can go ahead. This allows for pupils to pursue their own individual passions and interests.
The course consists of two elements
- Coursework (60%) – The design and manufacture of a product. This includes a design folder and a practical artifact. The folder and practical work are equally weighted. The coursework is split into 6 separate objectives which cover research, designing, development, planning for production and evaluation.
- Exam (40%)
Year 10 - Focus tasks
The coursework is completed over 5 terms in combination with a series of focus tasks that aim to develop some of the skills that are required for the theory exams and coursework. These vary from practical tasks, to rendering and sketching skills and using CAD/CAM. The exams are primarily based on the pupil’s knowledge of materials combined with sketched responses to simple design problems.
Exam results for GCSE Resistant Materials
Graphic Products (AQA)
The Graphic Products course follows a similar style to the Resistant Materials course with 60% based on a coursework project and a 40%, design-based exam. The main difference is that materials used in the making part of the course. Instead of using Wood, Metal and Plastics the pupils use modelling materials like card, quality paper, ribbon, glitters and foamboard to create projects such as packaging, point of sale displays, interior or shop front models, promotion literature and Web design. Pupils produce an electronic design folder with added hand generated drawings which incorporates many different skills.
This year's GCSE coursework shows the diversity of projects highlights the high level of achievement again.
Examination Board: OCR
Resistant Materials studies woods, metals and plastics. It looks at how everyday objects are made. It also includes studying computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) as well as mechanisms and numerous forming techniques and processes.
It usually involves a lot of practical work which the pupils can take home when complete.
It is taught by Mr Stevens, Mr Bennett, Miss Medcalf and Mr Buxton.
Key Stage 3
During their time in Key Stage 3, the pupils undertake several design and make projects using a wide range of different resistant materials.
Examples of Projects
Key Stage 4 - GCSE Level
At the end of Year 9, the students can choose to take Resistant Materials as their DT option in Years 10 and 11. We study the AQA Resistant Materials course.
Year 10 is a foundation year in which the students do a lot of small design and make projects. The aim of the projects is to enable the students to work with a range of materials and experience many manufacturing processes. These projects not only prepare the students for their GCSE coursework in Year 11 but also give them some practical knowledge of the theory work needed for the written exam that is worth 40% of the whole GCSE.
Year 10 Mini-Projects Gallery
In Year 11, the students work on their GCSE coursework (a design folder and piece of practical work worth 60% of their entire GCSE).
Outdoor Living: Examples of the GCSE coursework produced in Year 11
Not sure if you should opt for GCSE Resistant Materials?
Find out more on the GCSE Resistant Materials page which includes a video overview of the course.
AS and A2 Level
Resistant Materials is offered by Trinity at AS and A2 Level. We do the Edexcel Resistant Materials Product Design course and it is taught by Mr Stevens and Mr Holt.
In Year 12 - AS Level, the students will produce a 'portfolio of creative skills' (coursework) and do theory work which is tested in a single exam.
The AS Level gallery page shows examples of projects at this level, from start to finish.
In Year 13 - A2 Level, the students undertake a practical project that is client based and do further work on materials and processes with a bias towards designing for the future.
The A2 Level gallery page shows examples of projects at this level, from start to finish, as well as a video of Go-Karts in action.
Not sure if you should opt for AS and A2 Level Product Design: Resistant Materials?
Further details of the Resistant Materials Advanced Level and an introductory video are available on the A Level Course Details page.
Resistant Materials Coursework
We have examples of coursework from previous years on the site.
Resistant Materials Around the School
As this is a practical subject, the department is often asked to make things for around the school. Items include props and parts of the set for school productions, weapons for the Big Push activity day and of course the infamous DT Dalek.
Find out more on our Resistant Materials Around Trinity page.