GCSE Resistant Materials

What course do we follow?

Edexcel GCSE in Resistant Materials

What do we study?

Students will have the opportunity to tackle a range of projects in different construction materials. The design aspect of the course enables them to improve their understanding of the basic design process, to develop their ability to solve problems in a logical and creative way and to evaluate the success of their realised solutions. Through investigations and their involvement in practical work, students are expected to gain a fundamental knowledge of materials – particularly wood, metal and plastic. They will learn about tools, equipment and processes and they should improve their levels of skill.

Students will be taught about the importance of safety and it is anticipated that they will adopt safe working habits.

Presentation skills will include graphics which will involve the production of computer generated drawings as well as freehand and formal drawing. Students will be encouraged to make full use of our CAD/CAM facilities to realise their designs.

Key subject aims

The Edexcel GCSE in Resistant Materials qualification enables

Students to:

  • actively engage in design and technology
  • make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
  • analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
  • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
  • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

How the course is made up

The course is made up of two elements, a coursework project worth 60% of the overall qualification and a final examination worth the remaining 40% of the qualification.