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Resistant Materials



Course Description

Resistant Materials Technology at GCSE level builds on the Design and Technology experiences that our learners have previously gained during key earlier education and provides opportunities for designing and making quality products.

Students who opt for this exciting subject will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in Design and Technology, make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.
  • Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economical, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

Our learners are encouraged to use initiative and motivation to design and make quality products. Students have the opportunity to work in a range of different materials and use modern manufacturing processes including CAD/CAM and ICT.

At a glance

Students will learn about: materials and components; woods; metals; polymers; composites; modern and smart materials; tools and equipment; wasting; scale of production; materials processing and forming; joining methods; adhesives; heat treatment; finishing techniques; manufacturing processes for batch production; health and safety; designing products; ICT; CAD/CAM, sustainability; renewable energy sources; climate change; moral, social and cultural issues.


This course is practically based and involves a hands-on approach to learning.  

Resistant Materials Technology

Comprises of two units:

Unit 1: Creative Design and Make

Activities (60% final marks). This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students must complete a design and make activity within 40 hours under limited supervision. Tasks will be chosen from a range provided by Edexcel.

Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant

Materials Technology (40% final marks). This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

The paper will be set at a single level of assessment and will allow students to achieve a GCSE grade in the range of A* - G.

Previous learners’ Comments

“I really like making useful products and enjoy the challenge of making things work.”

“The projects are interesting and I get to use a whole range of equipment in the workshop.”

“It can be frustrating when things don’t work first time – but it is brilliant when they do.”

“I have learned to manage my time more carefully; otherwise my projects don’t get finished on time.”

“I chose this because I wanted a challenge. At first I was worried about all the technical stuff but you get loads of help.”


If you are interested in resistant materials there are a range of job opportunities including:




Future prospects

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as A/AS level in Design and Technology. With further training you could go into a job related to the following industries: woodworking, building, engineering, shop fitting, manufacturing, metalwork and fabrication, model maker, carpenter/joiner, product designer, etc…

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting; it is an inventive, fun activity”.

(James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd)