D&T Resistant Materials

Students can choose GCSE D&T Resistant Materials as one of their options as KS4

What will I study as part of GCSE Design & Technology – Resistant Materials?

  • Designing using appropriate materials including problem solving
  • Communication of ideas
  • Practical, manual and machine skills
  • Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Product Analysis and Evaluation
  • Develop an understanding of industrial processes and the influences of technology on today’s society

The GCSE specifications in design and technology enable students to:

  • Actively engage in the processes of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • Explore ways in which aesthetics, technical, economic, environmental, ethical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge

How will I learn this?

  • Controlled assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Theoretical study
  • Various mini-focused projects in Year 10 incorporating skills needed to complete your GCSE.

What is the exam format?

A  Controlled Assessment
A major design and make activity which counts for 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Final Exam
A two-hour paper covering design skills and subject knowledge

Examining Board: AQA

What careers might this lead to?

All areas of Industrial Design and Management. Apprenticeships are often a suitable way to progress and learn practical skills whilst gaining qualifications in these areas.
Students can also further their studies at college following courses in Industrial Design or Design and Technology at A level, Engineering GNVQ / NVQ / BTEC, Auto CAD and Turbo CAD courses

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

SAM Learning

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