Year 10 & 11 Resistant Materials

Topics Covered

This course offers students the opportunity to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies will be a major aspect of this course. The course is designed to foster awareness amongst students, of the need to consider sustainability and environmental impact of their designing.

Assessment Information

This course has a unitised structure and there is one tier of assessment covering grades A*-G.

Written examination Paper taken in June/July:
40% of the total GCSE marks
120 marks
2 hours

One paper with two sections:
Section A
30 marks
A design question based on context supplied before the exam

Section B
90 marks
Covers all aspects of the specification content

Controlled Assessment – Coursework
60% of the total marks
90 marks

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years.

The design folder should consist of approximately:

  • 20 pages of A3 paper
  • equivalent A4 paper
  • or the ICT equivalent.

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the making process.