What is the course about?

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible.

From clothes, shoes and cosmetics, to houses, hospitals and roads all products have to be designed. As a product designer, you will be faced with the innovative development of products, tools, machines, artefacts and other devices.

At the end of the course, you should be multi-skilled, customer-orientated, committed to design methods, knowledgeable about manufacturing business and material specifications, sympathetic to marketing, design and engineering disciplines and able to solve problems creatively. It is a course which combines theory and practical skills in areas such as Creative Skills, Designing for the Future and Commercial Product Development.

Where can it take me?

This subject really helps you if you want a career in:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Carpentry
  • Landscape gardening
  • Project management
  • Industrial design
  • Manufacturing design
  • Research and development
  • Product design
  • Apprenticeships

Why choose Resistant Materials?

This is a highly practical and course where you will be involved with a range of materials, processes and technologies involved in designing and producing high quality products. You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills through practical workshop sessions, class work, personal research, project work and external visits. Topics include drawing, design and presentation techniques, manufacturing systems and control and sustainability.

We encourage you to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge and envisage what could be. Your designs should show consideration for environmental impact in terms of materials, resources and processes.

Subject content:

Students will solve real problems through the use of materials such as wood, metal and plastics. They will have the opportunity to evaluate existing products and develop their own skills and ideas throughout Year 10. Having developed their confidence in these areas they will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of possible projects to design and make for Year 11 coursework.


  • Analysis of problem
  • Research
  • Writing specifications
  • Initial design ideas
  • Development of ideas
  • Working drawings
  • Evaluation of projects

Making : Use of materials:

  • Woods, Metals and plastics
  • Tools and manufacturing processes
  • Fabricating and finishes
  • Jointing techniques
  • CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture)

Many other areas are covered to aid practical problem solving. Throughout Year 10 students will involve themselves in several minor projects which target different materials and areas of theory. This helps to develop the skills needed to make an informed choice when it comes to coursework in Year 11.

How will I be assessed?

The syllabus is taken from the AQA Examination Board. The majority of the marks are awarded for coursework which is completed during the two years. This is mainly practical work supported by written evidence completed using ICT.

There is one examination at the end of the course which tests the knowledge gained during the two years and whilst completing the coursework.

Coursework – 60%

Examination - 40%

Exam Board - Edexcel