Resistant Materials KS4

GCSE The students will have opportunities to develop traditional and modern manufacturing skills using wood, plastic and ‘smart’ materials. They will learn the processes of manufacturing products, from the initial idea through to the finished product. The students will be taught using both theoretical (paper based) and practical (using tools, materials and equipment) activities.



What is GCSE Resistant Materials all about?

  • Opportunities to explore and develop traditional and modern designing and making skills using mainly wood, metal and plastic.
  • Learning the process of manufacturing products, from an initial idea through to a functional product. This will be through both theoretical (paper based) and practical (using tools, equipment and materials) activities.
  • You will learn how to recognise design problems and gain confidence how to solve these.
  • You will consider environmental issues and the use of new technologies.

Who might enjoy this course?

Students who are creative and/or technically minded who enjoy a challenge, problem solving and decision making. Students who enjoy a more practical based subject (although there is still a large proportion of paper work involved).

What are the entry levels?

All students are entered on the same level, giving the opportunity to achieve from grade A* to G.

Coursework and exams?

There is one exam at the end of the course, consisting of written answers as well as drawn, designing elements. This assesses learning throughout the two year course. This makes up 40% of the final GCSE grade. There are two pieces of coursework (controlled assessments). These involve investigating existing Resistant Materials products, generating creative ideas, making products using a range of skills and processes and evaluating the work. There is a substantial written element involved in the course work.

This makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Are there any other tests?

‘Mock’ exams in school one in Year 10 and one in Year 11.

What other Skills might I develop?

Skills that can be transferred into a future career:

  • Self confidence, independence, decision making, team work and compromise
  • Practical life skills, 2D/3D drawing, modelling and making skills

What next with GCSE Resistant Materials?

Success in GCSE Resistant Materials can progress to a range of other subjects at school or college at the end of Year 11. These include AS or A2 Product Design, a variety of apprenticeships and a range of BTEC and Diploma courses. Resistant Materials is an ideal subject to progress into areas of work such as: Architecture, Plumbing, Researching, Quantity Surveying, Teaching, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Design Consultation or Landscape Gardening.