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GCSE D&T Resistant Materials at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

People have been designing and making products for thousands of years. Everything around us is designed and manufactured, everything from your I-pod, to chairs, to pens and buildings. From your KS3 technology lessons you will know if you want to be part of this process. If you enjoy being creative, thinking through problems, and making new and innovative products, then this is the subject for you!


Course content

In Year 10 you’ll work through a number of small projects that aim to give you a wide range of practical, hand and machining skills and designing techniques. These projects will be made predominantly from wood, plastic and metal and could involve assignments such as designing and manufacturing a children’s toy. Throughout these projects you will also look at the theory of Resistant Materials, manufacturing on an industrial scale; how manufacturing effects the environment; safety issues and analysis of existing products.  The majority of Year 11 will be spent on the Controlled Assessment, during this time you will work on an individual design and make project.


In Year 11 there will be a Controlled Assessment which represents 60% of the GCSE grade. During this time you will work on an individual design and make project. At the end of Year 11 you will sit an exam which will test your experiences of designing and making at school and your understanding of manufacturing in society.


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Future opportunities

A GCSE in Resistant Materials can be a stepping stone to a wide variety of future options. It is the perfect starter for A level Product Design or a BTEC in engineering, these in turn can lead to university degrees in a subjects such as architecture, product design, interior design or engineering. Alternatively, if you are more ‘hands-on’ you can take up an apprenticeship or go to college to learn a trade such as plumbing or joinery. Resistant Materials will also help to develop many abilities that would be welcome in any profession, such as working in a team, problem solving skills and ingenuity.


Further information

Speak to Mrs Vose or your KS3 teacher to find out more about the course, see some coursework projects and discuss your suitability for it.

Look at the AQA website for information about GCSE Design Technology: Resistant Materials.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years