Design and Technology: Resistant Materials

A / AS Level
2 years

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.
AS Level
1 hour 30 minutes knowledge based exam.
A2 Level
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.

Entry requirements

Students studying toward an A level programme should normally have achieved a GCSE grade profile of A-C. For GCSE Maths and English where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, students with an A-C grade profile may take a full BTEC/Cambridge Technical programme or mixed A level and BTEC/Cambridge Technical programme. You will be able to discuss course ideas and preferences during your College Guidance Interview. Final decisions will be made when you enrol after your GCSE results.

Please note some courses will have specific GCSE entry requirements. Further details will be available at Open Evenings.  

The most important qualification for success is enthusiasm for, and interest in, the subject. You must have an open mind and enjoy the challenge of exploring new ideas and ways of working.

 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.

Course costs

£32 for textbook.
Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.
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.

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