Design and Technology - Resistant Materials

Why study Resistant Materials?

Resistant Materials involves designing and making products within the context and experience of candidates, using mainly wood, metal and plastics. Candidates are required to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products. They should use market testing to determine consumer reaction confirming the need of the product. Candidates have the opportunity to make an individual one-off product or to manufacture in quantity.

Detailed research and design work are both required before artefacts are made. This course is not simply about making items.

As this is predominantly a workshop based course, health and safety procedures are paramount and need to be adhered to at all times.

Regular practical work is an essential part of the course and students are required to take an active part in this aspect.  Regular homework enables pupils to develop the research, planning and theoretical areas needed for the subject.

Your parents/carers will be asked to contribute to the cost of materials for this course.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Career/further education opportunities include:

  • Product Design and Manufacture
  • The Building and Construction Industry
  • Film, Theatrical and Retail Prop Making
  • Window Display
  • Exhibitions
  • Interior Design
  • Teaching
  • Furniture Design
  • Architecture/Industrial Design

What will I learn?

  • Specification and design of a product aimed at a target market
  • Research and analysis of existing products and markets
  • Develop creative, imaginative and original ideas
  • Development of the product (using computer aided design where appropriate)
  • Manufacturing the product
  • Social and environmental issues

What skills will I acquire?

  • Accuracy
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Teamwork
  • Independent learning
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Designing
  • Health and safety

How is it assessed?

Coursework: project to include both a design folder and practical outcomes 60%
Written examination 40%