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Design and Technology: Resistant Materials AS/A Level at Alton College

Course description

Design and Technology: Resistant Materials is essentially a three-dimensional design course that aims to develop your design capability and making skills. You will apply your knowledge and skills to develop and manufacture high quality products in wood, metal and plastics.

In the first year you will be analysing a product of your choice and presenting your findings using text and photographs. In addition you will design a ‘creative’ product and present the final proposal with accompanying working drawings. Finally, you will be engaged in product or furniture manufacture that will enable you to accurately work with a range of materials using a variety of techniques and processes.

An individually identified design and make task takes up a large part of the second year of the course and this task involves consideration of both commercial and environmental factors. Furniture design and lighting projects tend to be the most popular options and involve working with a client.
You will find the study of Resistant Materials to be complementary to the study of both artistic and technical subjects.

Course content

In almost 75% of timetabled lessons you will be working on coursework tasks. In these lessons you will be: analysing and researching, designing and developing, preparing to manufacture, manufacturing and ultimately testing your solutions.
You will spend at least 25% of timetabled lessons learning about: materials and components, manufacturing processes, assembly methods and health and safety issues etc. Knowledge will be taught through a combination of demonstrations, video clips and worksheets.

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.

Ideally you should have a GCSE pass at grade C or above in a Design and Technology subject.


Coursework: 60% of AS mark; coursework: 60% of A2 mark.
AS Level
1 hour 30 minutes knowledge based exam.
A2 Level
2 hour knowledge based exam 

Financial information

£32 for textbook.
Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.
All students are also expected to have basic stationery equipment and a USB memory stick.
If the cost of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, there is the opportunity to apply for help from the College Bursary Scheme.

Future opportunities

The study of Design and Technology: Resistant Materials would support the study of Design (furniture, product/industrial and computer-aided etc) at a higher level. Alternatively, you could use your skills and knowledge when seeking employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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