Not many subjects allow such a wide freedom of expression as Resistant Materials. What is an idea one day can be developed and made into a viable and workable product the next. Just imagine having the skills to design, make and present a product that is taken on by ‘Dragons Den’!
Resistant materials is an exciting way to explore the ever changing world in which we live and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and create new products for the future.
Students will design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. Design Projects will include making and racing a water powered Rocket Buggy, Pewter Cast Jewellery, Contemporary Furniture making, and Clock designing.
These Projects run alongside a curriculum that is geared towards a Final GCSE project that begins at the start of Year 10. Here there is a focus on developing commercially viable product to meet a range of needs, whilst focusing on the need to develop a sustainable society.
In the light of recent curriculum changes, the long term plans for GCSE courses are in the process of being edited and refined to ensure seamless continuation from the GCSE- ready phase. Final publication of our finalised planning will be available during the summer term of 2017. Each subject is following a GCSE specification which can be found by clicking on the link below. The GCSE specification(s) outlines the coverage followed by our students. Should further explanation be required, please do not hesitate to contact our Subject Leaders by telephone 01706 716761 and they will respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued interest and support and hope that by studying the specifications alongside your child’s work that you can gain insight into the coverage undertaken.
The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an examination based around a pre-release context.
60% Controlled Assessment (Coursework) completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.
What can I do next?
AS/A2 level Product Design
A level Art and Design
City & Guilds – Joinery
NVQ levels 1/2 Engineering
Interior Design/ Architecture
Career opportunities are available in the following areas: