Resistant Materials studies woods, metals and plastics. It looks at how everyday objects are made. It also includes studying computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) as well as mechanisms and numerous forming techniques and processes.
It usually involves a lot of practical work which the pupils can take home when complete.
It is taught by Mr Stevens, Mr Bennett, Miss Medcalf and Mr Buxton.
Key Stage 3
During their time in Key Stage 3, the pupils undertake several design and make projects using a wide range of different resistant materials.
Examples of Projects
Key Stage 4 - GCSE Level
At the end of Year 9, the students can choose to take Resistant Materials as their DT option in Years 10 and 11. We study the AQA Resistant Materials course.
Year 10 is a foundation year in which the students do a lot of small design and make projects. The aim of the projects is to enable the students to work with a range of materials and experience many manufacturing processes. These projects not only prepare the students for their GCSE coursework in Year 11 but also give them some practical knowledge of the theory work needed for the written exam that is worth 40% of the whole GCSE.
Year 10 Mini-Projects Gallery
In Year 11, the students work on their GCSE coursework (a design folder and piece of practical work worth 60% of their entire GCSE).
Outdoor Living: Examples of the GCSE coursework produced in Year 11
Not sure if you should opt for GCSE Resistant Materials?
Find out more on the GCSE Resistant Materials page which includes a video overview of the course.
AS and A2 Level
Resistant Materials is offered by Trinity at AS and A2 Level. We do the Edexcel Resistant Materials Product Design course and it is taught by Mr Stevens and Mr Holt.
In Year 12 - AS Level, the students will produce a 'portfolio of creative skills' (coursework) and do theory work which is tested in a single exam.
The AS Level gallery page shows examples of projects at this level, from start to finish.
In Year 13 - A2 Level, the students undertake a practical project that is client based and do further work on materials and processes with a bias towards designing for the future.
The A2 Level gallery page shows examples of projects at this level, from start to finish, as well as a video of Go-Karts in action.
Not sure if you should opt for AS and A2 Level Product Design: Resistant Materials?
Further details of the Resistant Materials Advanced Level and an introductory video are available on the A Level Course Details page.
Resistant Materials Coursework
We have examples of coursework from previous years on the site.
Resistant Materials Around the School
As this is a practical subject, the department is often asked to make things for around the school. Items include props and parts of the set for school productions, weapons for the Big Push activity day and of course the infamous DT Dalek.
Find out more on our Resistant Materials Around Trinity page.
Authenticity control – research and preparation may be completed under limited supervision. However, all work, with the exception of research and preparation, should be completed by students under informal supervision. This means that the centre must ensure that plagiarism does not take place, that sources used by students are clearly recorded and that each student's preparation for the final production of the work is his/her own.
Feedback control – teachers may review students' work and may provide advice at a general level. Teachers, however, must not provide detailed and specific advice on how the draft may be improved to meet the assessment criteria. The nature of any guidance provided and the details of any feedback given must be clearly recorded. Students may be guided as to the approach they might adopt but the outcome must remain their own. Likewise, feedback may evaluate progress to date and propose suggested broad approaches for improvement but the detailed correction or annotation of work for feedback purposes is not allowed.
Time control – each student should produce a design folder (paper or electronic) and a completed outcome. It is expected that the total activity should take approximately 45 hours to complete, including preparation but not including additional time for the teaching and learning of the subject content. We are keen to encourage succinctness and a focused approach to this task and for this reason it is expected that the design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper (or the A4 or electronic equivalent). Examinations Officers should contact AQA Candidate Services for advice on any students who may need special consideration and, therefore, may require additional time.
Collaboration control – the work of individual students may be informed by working with others, for example when undertaking research, but students must provide an individual response in the task outcome.
Resources – students' access to resources is likely to be determined by the availability in centres. Examinations Officers should contact AQA Candidate Services for advice on any students who may require the use of any special equipment.