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Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials GCSE

Course Outline
This course is designed to encourage students to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in a rapidly changing society. Students learn to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices, which are essential in the Technological field.

The course aims for students to become autonomous problem solvers as individuals and as members of a team. The course allows students to progress either directly to employment, or to study for an Advanced level qualification in Design and Technology and GNVQ Manufacturing and Engineering.

Be under no illusions getting a GCSE in RM is tough, its not all about making products. 60% of your marks will come from written/design coursework. You will be required to keep to strict deadlines, to help you meet these deadline it is recommended that you spend 1 hour per week on independent home study and attend club once a week.

The GCSE is made up of four mandatory units. Units 1 & 3 are internally assessed coursework and carry 60%. Units 2 & 4 are externally assessed written papers and carry 40% of final mark

Unit 1: Introduction to designing and making
Developing research and investigation skills
Developing drawing skills
Evaluating process.

Unit 2: Sustainable Design
Consideration of products
Consideration of the environment
Consideration of society and the economy.

Unit 3: Making quality products
Designing for a need
Working with tools and equipment
Evaluating the product.

Unit 4: Technical aspects of designing and making
Working with tools, materials
Selecting processes
Designing for success.

A GCSE in Design and Technology; Resistant Materials will lead to a sound foundation for anyone considering further education as it is recognised as a strong cross-curricular subject that promotes independent learning. Students may go on to seek careers in Resistant Materials such as, Furniture design, Marketing, Product design, Architecture, Design management and any careers requiring creativity and problem solving.