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GCSE Resistant Materials

Course Outline
Many topics and themes are delivered throughout this Designing and Making qualification. For example:

Core technical principles – new and emerging technologies, energy storage and generation, modern and smart materials, mechanical devices, materials and their working properties.
Students will address these through working with a selection of materials. These being: papers and boards, timber, metal based materials, polymers, textile based materials, electronic and mechanical systems.
Specialist technical principles - selection of materials or components, forces and stresses, ecological and social footprint, scales of production, sources and origins, using and working with materials, stock forms, types and sizes, specialist techniques, surface treatments and finishes.

Designing and making principles - environmental, social and economic challenge, the work of others, design strategies, communication of design ideas, prototype development, selection of materials and components, tolerances, material management, tools and equipment, techniques and processes.

Students must also demonstrate mathematical and scientific knowledge and understanding, in relation to Design and Technology.

Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx., 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Progression/Further Study
This GCSE will enable students to proceed to qualifications at A-Level and Level 3 vocational qualifications in ‘Design’ and Engineering, providing a pathway to Higher Education or modern apprenticeships.