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GCSE Resistant Materials

Why study this course?

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.

What content is covered? [Exam Board: AQA]

Design : Analysis of problem, Research, Writing specifications, Initial design ideas, Development of ideas, Working drawings and 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 makwe an informed choice when it comes to coursework in Year 11.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework 60%

A single major design and make project requiring a practical outcome and a 20 page portfolio

Examination 40%

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