Resistant Materials

Course: AQA GCSE Design Technology: Resistant Materials

Controlled Assessment

This consists of two separate components and is allocated 45 hours to complete. It is worth 90 marks.

Part A

Designing and Communicating: you will produce a design portfolio showing how you have used your Resistant Material skills and knowledge to design a product. Here you will clearly communicate how you have analysed the design context and developed your own design, including final drawings and designs. Students are able to choose from a list of tasks provided by the exam board.

Part B

Manufacturing a Resistant Product: you will use your practical skills to manufacture a given product. The product must reflect your knowledge and the Resistant Material components and must be assembled to a high standard.


This lasts for two hours and is worth 120 marks.

This is made up of two sections; section 1 consists of a product study based upon information provided by the exam board 2 months prior to the exam taking place in the form of a preparation sheet. Section 2 is based on your knowledge of Resistant Material theory gained over the period of the course.

Course Descriptions

Candidates should be taught how to analyse products and processes. They should consider how design and technology affect the manufacturer, user and environment, and the importance of health and safety issues. They should consider the advantages of working collaboratively as a member of a design team to design and make products.

Department Statement

This course has been re-introduced into the curriculum to engage and expand the students experience within technology. It gives them the opportunity to learn a life skill whilst at the same time gaining a GCSE qualification. It develops many work based skills that employers are looking for whilst allowing students to become an all-round learner.


This is an ideal course for students who are looking to develop a career in the manufacturing and design industry. Courses offered at post 16 would continue the progression and provide a foundation for employment.

For more information contact Ms H Evans (Head of Modern Technology)