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Resistant Materials at King Edward VII

Course content

This course concentrates on the skills and knowledge required to design and make products which solve everyday problems.

To be successful on this course you should be interested in practical work and enjoy working with materials such as plastic, wood and metal. You should be the sort of person who likes to find out how things work and who enjoys mending things which have broken. The emphasis will be on learning about all types of material and how they are used to make products both in school and industry. You will develop skills as a product designer which include: drawing, presentation techniques, ergonomics, critical awareness of product design and manufacture as well as practical skills.

Year 10 will involve a practical foundation course which will teach you many of the processes and give you information which you will need for future projects and for the examination. Some examples of themes for project work may include: storage systems for CDs, wind chimes and jewellery. You will learn about how products are made in industry and will visit a range of hi-tech modern factories. You will learn Computer Aided Design and Manufacture techniques to help with all your project work.

Year 11 you will work mainly on your major project based on one of the themes set by the examination board.

Entry requirements



Assessment T here are two tiers of entry.

Coursework One piece started in Y10, finished by February of Y11 worth 60% of your final mark.

Examinations One examination at the end of Y11 worth 40% of your final mark. It lasts 2 hours .

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Future opportunities

GCSE Resistant Materials is an ideal preparation for the Design and Technology AS and A2 level.

Career Opportunities The skills you will develop could be useful in careers such as: product design, furniture design, industrial design or for enrolment on practical foundation or 3D courses.

Further information

This course is able to be combined with other opportunities within a single application

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016

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