GCSE Resistant Materials


Examination Subject Design & Technology: Resistant Materials Technology
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board AQA
Tier of Entry Single - A* - G

Course Content:

Throughout the course you will be taught to consider how a wide range of products are designed together with an understanding of the processes involved in their manufacture.  You will produce ‘Design and Make’ assignments which will relate to real life situations – including existing products, artefacts and systems.

Design and Making Skills

Design and Technology is a practical subject area, which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.  The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge.  For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people’s opinions, but also investigating proportions, adhesives, colour, structures, circuits and materials through practical work.

Materials and Components

Candidates should build upon the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study to develop a working knowledge of a resistant materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. 

Assessment of Course

Unit 1:  Written Paper            40% of total marks – Candidates answer all questions in two sections.

Candidates will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of designing and making, and the three main materials: metal, plastics and wood.  A Preparation Sheet will be issued to Centres at the beginning of March.  This sheet will give advance notice of the design context for some of the questions on the paper. The paper will test all Assessment Objectives through a range of questions.  All questions are compulsory.

Unit 2:  Controlled Assessment  Project:  60% of total marks, approximately 45 hours.

Controlled Assessment  will follow controlled assessment criteria and is externally moderated. Controlled Assessment  consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

Controlled Assessment  details:

You will be expected to present a single integrated Controlled Assessment  project which will be assessed. Most work will need to be completed in college under the supervision of the teacher. It will demonstrate your designing and making skills together with your knowledge and understanding to design and make a product.  This must show that you are aware of environmental, social and economic implications and industrial practices as well as the use of information technology.  The practical outcome must be a complete item together with written evidence presented as a folder of at least 20 sheets on A3 paper.  Evidence of sustainability, ICT and CAD/CAM are now compulsory.

Controlled Assessment  and Module Test Schedule:

Final Controlled Assessment  project will begin shortly after Easter in Year 10 with completion halfway through Year 11.  Written Paper will be in summer term of Year 11.

Progression from this examination:

A/AS Levels are available at Christ the King and other colleges.

Careers Information:

Due to the wide range of materials used in the course this could lead to careers in: furniture design, joinery, cabinet making; materials science engineer, display, theatre, film and exhibition design and manufacture; fine art and design; opportunities in a range of engineering; mechanical technicians; building trades and the Armed Forces.

Further Information:             See Mr Sivell

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