Key Stage 4 Resistant Materials

GCSE Design and Technology

Exam board: AQA

Course overview

Resistant Materials Technology 4562

Unit 1: Written Paper (45601)
2 hours -120 marks - 40%
Candidates answer all questions in two sections
Pre-Release material

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602)
Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%
Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.
The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge. For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people's opinions, but also investigating e.g. proportions, adhesives, colour, structures and materials through practical work.

Unit 1

This exam is a combination of the design process, requiring students to produce design solutions to a set criterion laid out in the exam paper and an in-depth understanding of design materials and processes.

The areas covered within this unit are materials, components, adhesives and applied finishes, design and market influences, sustainability of design, processes and techniques within manufacturing, social, moral, cultural, environmental and economic issues, consumer rights, health and safety and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Unit 2

This coursework unit requires students to undertake a single design and make activity which is selected from a range of board-set tasks. Students will submit a 3-dimensional outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper or equivalent A4 paper or the ICT equivalent. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

This GCSE gives students a sound knowledge and understanding that could lead them into the OCR A Level Product Design course which is suitable for students interested in Resistant Materials and Graphics.

For more information please speak to Mr Eades, Lead Teacher on Resistant Materials