Resistant Materials

Subject Overview

The Exam Board is AQA and you will design and make several small projects covering different manufacturing techniques, materials and CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing).

Skills experienced will enable you to produce a high quality design folder and well-constructed products.

The controlled assessment is based on tasks set by the exam board and most of the work is carried out in class.

Teaching and Learning

• In the GCSE groups all classes are mixed ability. All the lessons are taught in DT rooms with access to the CAD/CAM room and a bank of 30 laptops.

• All classes are taught by Mr C Bowden with LA support by Mr T Raven

Year 9

• Introduction to Resistant Materials

Illuminated plaque with storage

• Skills covered, Use of CAD/CAM for laser production

• Creativity in design with reasons for choice

• Construction of a circuit running 2 bright Led’s with resistors and a push switch

• Accuracy of cutting, production of well fitting joints for the base and a quality of finish are the main focuses of this project

Docking Station

• Creativity and originality are important and to design for a particular target market

• There is a big focus on card modelling and the use of photography to develop ideas

• CAD/CAM skills are encouraged to complement the traditional skills

• Students will make up the electronic circuits from kits purchased

• Evaluation against set criteria should be evident throughout the design process

Traditional Table Top Games

• Skills covered are research, and the development of one idea into a working product

• Planning for making

• Take an old idea and give it a twist. Very independent working

• CAD/CAM and traditional skills available

Trophy Project

• To design a trophy for your chosen sport, activity or task

• The objective is to try and use creativity to design a product which isn’t instantly recognizable to that particular event

• Production will be using traditional and CAD/CAM skills

Year 10 and 11

Gadget tidy or small storage unit

• Research products on the market

• Use the size of the products to be stored to help with the ergonomic design of their product

• To experience a whole range of techniques of how to join and shape different materials

• To understand the importance of planning before manufacture

• Planning a project with consideration to quality assurance and quality control

• The manufacturing of the unit with precision construction being of the upmost importance

• Evaluation of the project and other people’s opinions

• Modelling using traditional and CAD/CAM techniques

• Detailed development of an idea into a working solution

Controlled assessment

• 60% of the final grade

• Based on tasks set by the AQA exam board

• Comprises a detailed design folder and the production of the final product

• Constant revision and testing covering exam practice and experience


• Students get continual feedback and are given time to act on the feedback to improve the depth and quality of work

• Students will have regular tests based on revision homework’s and work covered

• Working at levels and exam results are feedback to parents at the 4 school data points

• Year 11 students also do a full mock exam paper in term 2


• Homework will be set once per week to be handed in the following week

• Students should spend around 60 minutes per week

• All homework is on Show My Homework with worksheets attached

• Some homework will be revision from the textbook for a test the next lesson

Some tasks will be to complete parts of their design work or to research relevant products on the market

Teaching Staff

Mr Nick Gates, Head of Design Technology Faculty: 


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