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Resistant Materials GCSE at Parliament Hill School

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Exam board: AQA Team Leader: Mr J. Sharp, Design&Technology@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? This course is for those students who enjoy making high quality products with wood, metal or plastic in the D&T Workshops. Students may go on to study A Level Product Design (Resistant Materials) at La Swap. Examples of career pathways may include: architecture, industrial/product design, engineering, teaching, furniture design, exhibition or stage design, professional model making. Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) • 60% Controlled Assessment - The coursework project is a ‘design and make’ project working to a specifi c brief. • 40% 2 hours written examination Tiers on entry NA Requirements for A level/ La Swap 5 A-C’s at GCSE including a B or above in D&T: Resistant Materials. Description of course Resistant Materials allows you to work creatively with a range of materials including wood, metal and plastic. You will learn how your ideas could be manufactured, both individually and commercially, including the use of CAD/CAM. The necessary graphic techniques will be developed to enhance the design folder work. The emphasis throughout this course is on ‘design and make’ projects built around specifi c topics. In each project in Year 10 you will design for a specifi c material, allowing you to become confi dent in and familiar with the three main groups of resistant materials. Each project will culminate in making a product. As part of the project work you will interpret design briefs, analysing them for all the factors you need to consider. You will use research techniques to fi nd answers to these questions. The generation of imaginative ideas and the development of these into workable solutions will be evaluated as will the product. Year 10 You will complete ‘design and make’ projects that teach you about wood, metals and plastics and give you practical skills to be confi dent at completing the Controlled Assessment in Year 11. Year 11 You will spend most of Year 11 working on the Controlled Assessment. Events / trips / residential information NA Useful websites http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/ newgcses/index.php

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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