Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
What is Design and Technology: Resistant Materials?
Design and Technology: Resistant Materials is essentially a three-dimensional design course that aims to develop your design capability and making skills. You will apply your knowledge and skills to develop and manufacture high quality products in wood, metal and plastics.
In the first year you will be analysing a product of your choice and presenting your findings using text and photographs. In addition you will design a ‘creative’ product and present the final proposal with accompanying working drawings. Finally, you will be engaged in product or furniture manufacture that will enable you to accurately work with a range of materials using a variety of techniques and processes.
An individually identified design and make task takes up a large part of the second year of the course and this task involves consideration of both commercial and environmental factors. Furniture design and lighting projects tend to be the most popular options and involve working with a client.
You will find the study of Resistant Materials to be complementary to the study of both artistic and technical subjects.
Is Design and Technology: Resistant Materials suitable for me?
If you are interested in designing and then making attractive and functional full size products from a range of materials, then you would find this course equips you with the necessary skills to produce high quality solutions.
How will I learn?
In almost 75% of timetabled lessons you will be working on coursework tasks. In these lessons you will be: analysing and researching, designing and developing, preparing to manufacture, manufacturing and ultimately testing your solutions.
You will spend at least 25% of timetabled lessons learning about: materials and components, manufacturing processes, assembly methods and health and safety issues etc. Knowledge will be taught through a combination of demonstrations, video clips and worksheets.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework: 60% of AS mark; coursework: 60% of A2 mark.
1 hour 30 minutes knowledge based exam.
2 hour knowledge based exam
The study of Design and Technology: Resistant Materials would support the study of Design (furniture, product/industrial and computer-aided etc) at a higher level. Alternatively, you could use your skills and knowledge when seeking employment.
Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels. You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.
Ideally you should have a GCSE pass at grade C or above in a Design and Technology subject.
Essential: £20-30 for sturdy leather boots/shoes for workshop use, £27 for textbook and up to £20 for materials.
All students are also expected to have basic stationery equipment and a USB memory stick.
If the cost of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, there is the opportunity to apply for help from the College Bursary Scheme.