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DT Resistant Materials AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Resistant Materials provides you with opportunities to apply your creativity to technological applications.

You will explore innovative concepts on how to improve products through of use of a wide range of materials.  

You need to be able to sketch clearly, have creative ideas and be able to problem solve in order to do well in the coursework.

If you haven’t studied DT before, experience shows that your likelihood of success is greater if you have a grade B in one of GCSE Physics, Electronics, Mathematics or Art.

Course content

AS units

  • Portfolio of creative skills coursework unit which is split into three sections:
  • Product Analysis: where you analyse a product for form, function, materials, construction and quality.
  • Design: where you design a product to your own brief and develop the design for manufacture.
  • Manufacturing: where you manufacture a product using a range of processes and skills in the workshops.
  • Design and Technology in practice written exams covers areas such as materials, manufacturing processes, quality assurance and control, mechanisms and Health and Safety, CADCAM.

A2 Units

  • Commercial design coursework unit you design and make a project of your own choice.
  • Designing for the future in this A2 theory unit you will study information and communication technology in product design, operations management in manufacturing and design, manufacturing systems, smart materials and biotechnology, sustainable design and the environment and design movements.

Students with an ambition to work in the areas of mechanical engineering, engineering design, production, or craft based industry will find this course of great interest.

Entry requirements


This course forms a natural progression from studying Resistant Materials at GCSE and we would expect you to have achieved a grade B or above in Resistant Materials or a Product Design course and a grade C in Maths and English.  


Year 1 -  AS
Coursework unit   (60% of AS grade)
Examined unit     (40% of AS grade)

Financial information

You will be required to purchase a copy of the course revision guide which is currently priced at £25 (approximately).  This has been written specifically for the course and will guide you through both AS and A2.

In the AS year, a contribution of £40 is required to cover the replacement of materials and equipment used throughout the year.

In the A2 year, £20 will be required to meet equipment costs.  Students enjoy taking on more sophisticated projects and you will be expected to order and buy additional materials yourself.

Future opportunities

Many students who successfully complete this course progress to university to study Engineering, design or other courses.

Other students progress to take advanced apprenticeships with local companies or gain employment directly in the technology and engineering sector in the local area.

Further information

DT Resistant Materials combines particularly well with Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Electronics.

Students are advised not to take more than two coursework based courses, as there can be problems meeting conflicting deadlines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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