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Design: Resistant Materials A Level at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College

Course description

Why should i study Design Resistant Materials?

Resistant Materials is a diverse and enjoyable subject to study. It is a subject well-respected by Universities due to the complexity and variety of skills that it teaches. You will learn how to recognise the quality of products and the robust nature of their design which is a useful life skill.

The subject allows you to express yourself using a variety of media and approaches, whilst also developing new and exciting skills. The course will also include building a good understanding of advertising and marketing related to product design.

An interest in designing is essential, with the ability to produce high quality graphic and practical work, as is an aptitude in learning to work with design computer packages.

Course content

  • Design and make several small products in Year 12 and one major product in Year 13 with supporting portfolios of coursework
  • Become proficient using CAD/Computer aided manufacturing methods
  • Study various aspects of designing: Materials and Components and Applications, Design and Market Influences, Processes and Manufacture

Entry requirements

GCSE Design grade C


  • Unit 1: A written paper worth 50% of AS marks (25% of A2 marks)
  • Unit 2: A portfolio worth 50% of AS marks (25% of A2 marks)
  • Unit 3: A written paper worth 25% of total A2 marks
  • Unit 4: A project worth 25% of total A2 marks

Future opportunities

University and College courses are available in many areas of Design – Fashion, 3D Product Design, Vehicle Design, Graphic Design, Design Engineering, etc.

Design graduates are much sought after by industry in this country, in Europe, and in the rest of the world. High Proportion of our students go on to higher level courses in the creative areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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