Key Stage 4

GCSE Resistant Materials

Examination Board: AQA

Course Description:

The course is concerned with the activity of designing and making which is delivered through wood, metal and plastics. In coursework, other materials are not excluded, textiles and electronics may also be used but must not be allowed to dominate the project. Question papers will however address only the three main materials. CAD/CAM will be used by students to design and manufacture high quality models of their ideas. Students are encouraged to investigate product design past and present and develop an awareness of what contributes to good design and reflect this in their own design work.

Teaching and learning styles.

Activities in the course will be of two types.

  • Design and make assignments (DMAs) in which students or teachers will identify needs arising from real life situations including existing products, artefacts and systems.
  • Focused practical tasks (FPTs) which will be skill and knowledge based and will be directly relevant and related to the DMA.

The course will be taught in a practical way using a ‘hands on’ approach to materials. Design ideas will be presented using a range of techniques and media.‘Thinking through’ a problem requires continuous communication with yourself and others and the coursework will reflect good practice in graphical communication. Students will be presented with what they perceive to be ‘real life’ design scenarios, which they will be encouraged to respond to creatively.

Assessment

Two elements:

  • 60%. A design and make major project in year 10 which is set by the exam board, occupying approximately 40 hours of classroom time.
  • Final Examination. 40%. A preparation sheet will be issued before the exam to inform the student of the design context in which most of the questions will be set. This will be the focus in Yr11.

 

Assessment objectives

Coursework

Terminal examination

Total

Designing

20%

20%

40%

Making

40%

20%

60%

Total

60%

40%

100%

Grouping

Resistant Materials is taught in mixed ability groups.

Further information on the resistant materials course can be obtained from Mrs J Roberts, Head of Construction Materials.