What will students learn? The Resistant Materials GCSE will let them design and make quality products in quantity. This course allows them to carry out designing and making activities through metal, plastics and wood. Students may also use any other suitable material in the manufacture of your products.
How will students be assessed? Design and Technology is a practical subject but has a demand for theoretical knowledge and understanding of the processes used. These are all tested in a final examination in year 11. Year 11 also sees the pupils working on a Major Project that allows them to demonstrate their Designing and Making skills. The Major Project accounts for a maximum of 60% of the final GCSE grade with the final examination accounting for a maximum of 40% of the final GCSE grade.
How are students taught? The course starts at the Spring half term of year 9. Students are given a short 'warm up' project to introduce them to the different style of working that is required at GCSE. They will be asked to redesign the traditional game of Noughts & Crosses as a travel game that does not require pencil or paper.
Resistant Materials Overview: This is course teaches students to follow the design process by undertaking ‘design and make’ projects throughout Y10, in preparation for the major project in Y11.
Creativity and originality are encouraged, while using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials is built up during the course. Students will also learn about “good design” and how to communicate ideas through drawing, modelling and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Students will complete a range of design and make exercises using wood, metal and plastic.
The tasks are designed to build upon the practical skills developed in Years 7 – 9 and include the introduction to new tools, equipment and techniques.
From Easter onwards This will start your major GCSE project. It is worth 60% of the final GCSE. Choosing from a list from the examination board, students design and make a product of their choice.
They will need to
produce a portfolio of evidence, approximately 25 sheets of A3, includin
Research, Design Specification, Ideas and an Evaluatio
make the product to the Design Specification from their portfoli
Examination There will be a 2hr examination in June of Yr11. The exam focuses upon the design process and subject knowledge. A preparation sheet for this exam will be given to you in March of Year 11
Year 10 GCSE RM (AQA) Year 11 GCSE RM (AQA)
Term 1 (Autumn) Retro Storage Box (Wood Project) Students look at the different properties of woods and manufactured boards. They extend their previous knowledge of permanent and semi-permanent wood joints and look at different finishing techniques.
Pupils begin to create a design brief for their design context. Research / Anthropometrics / Ergonomic data. Exploring design ideas and modelling ideas using a range of modelling materials.
Term 2 (Spring) Sustainability / Biomimicry Pupils explore a range of task which include looking at how design is taken from nature and biology. Pupils also look at wider issues in design technology to give them an overview of social, moral and cultural issues in design technology. Controlled Assessment
Final designs chosen, plan of manufacture complete. Quality control and quality assurance points recognised. Production of final chosen design. Finished product evaluation.
Term 3 (Summer) GCSE Prep
Preparation for GCSE controlled assessment begins. Progress on students controlled assessment begins. Assessment criteria and design brief is shared with the class.
Exam Revision Pupils take all the knowledge that they have learned through their controlled assessment. Past papers and revision material. Revision classes.
Key Skills Covered in GCSE RM Design skills
Recognising clients needs
Planning stage of manufacture
Research and Analysis
Working with materials to produce an end product
Drawing up specifications
Evaluation of completed product
Generation and development of ideas
ICT in technology CAD/CAM
In the first two terms of Year 10 students will be completing a number of projects that develop their existing skills whilst allowing them to experience and practice new advanced techniques in making such as laminating, wood turning and metal machining. Students will also be learning new design skills as well as CAD CAM and presentation techniques. The aim in year 10 is to allow them to identify their strengths, skills and preferred materials. Not all Year 10 work counts towards the final GCSE grades but it helps them to choose a major project that best suits their strengths and skills.
The final Controlled Assessment Task accounts for 60% of the final GCSE. Pupils are set a context and theme by the examining board and are asked to produce a design folio and a piece of practical work using resistant materials. Past themes have included clocks, lighting and mp3 docking stations. Examples of their work are shown below.
The Contolled Assessment task starts around Easter in Year 10 and lasts until February in Year 11. The time is spent designing and creating a product suitable for industrial manufacture. In practice pupils have large degree of freedom in their designing and it is quite common for them to be pushing the limits of the techniques and processes used in the workshop to create their designs.
The remainder of year 11 is used to prepare students for the written exam which accounts for the remaining 40% of the GCSE.
What abilities, skills and interests will students need?
They will be working with others and solving design problems. They will need to see how their design will have an impact on others and the ways that it is produced in industry. They will be creative and develop their communication skills through sketching and modelling. They will make their designs based on decisions that consider the impact they will have on the environment and resources. Thye will develop further understanding of the link between design and business and take into consideration the manufacturing and financial constraints and implications of design. They will make extensive use of ICT in their work and regularly produce high quality components using Computer Aided Manufacturing techniques simulating processes used in industry.
What could this course lead to?
The Design industry continues to grow each year at an above industrial average rate. It accounts for 7.9% of the UK’s income and employs more than 1.95 million people.
The Design industry itself covers a multitude of skills and disciplines. Think of industrial, interior, furniture design, theatre and set design, model making and architecture, arts, crafts, engineering, robots and building. The list could go on.
GCSE Resistant Materials allows you to experience and develop these essential life skills and to demonstrate your creative and practical skills and the potential to progress into a career in the Design industry.