Resistant Materials

resistant7Resistant Materials is a creative, problem solving course that inspires learners to develop, design, research, and make a variety of products. It provides the students with a deep understanding of the properties of a range of traditional and modern constructional materials. The course develops an understanding of the world we live in and the responsibilities we have to produce sustainable responses to design problems.



GCSE Materials Technology

Course Leader:              Mr Bentley

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Examination Board:       AQA

Assessment:                     60% coursework, 40% examination

What does the course involve?

14-16 year olds who want to study materials in a practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and polymers will really enjoy this course. It will enable learners to work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high-quality products using woods, metals and polymers. Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies. This Technical Award in Materials Technology will help learners develop the knowledge, skills and experience and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.

Differences from Year 9

Pupils complete three mandatory units across 120 guided learning hours.

Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)

Pupils will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 12 core skills outlined. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini projects should allow for this. Pupils will produce a series of small made outcomes and record their work in a portfolio of no more than 12 pages.

Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)

Pupils will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. The project will be in response to a brief. Pupils will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)

Pupils will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. They will gain knowledge of the applications and characteristics of a wide range of woods, metals and polymers and also learn about possible careers within industry.

Skills developed

Developing a wide range of practical making skills including using hand tools for cutting or shaping, casting or moulding, and using joining and finishing techniques in a range of materials. Pupils will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of materials and their properties. Additionally Pupils will gain transferable skills such as communication and teamwork that will benefit them in the workplace.


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