Design & Technology: Resistant Materials

Curriculum Aims

This course has been re-introduced into the curriculum to engage and expand the students experience within technology. It gives them the opportunity to learn a life skill whilst at the same time gaining a GCSE qualification. It develops many work based skills that employers are looking for whilst allowing students to become an all-round learner.

The Importance of Design & Technology: Resistant Materials

Design and Technology is a subject that engages students in practical and creative problem solving. In terms of developing students for employment, Design and Technology is the most effective subject for nurturing the skills employers look for, for example: creativity, independence, computer/technical literacy, commercial awareness, planning and organising, practical solutions to complex problems, innovation. Design and Technology is an essential part of education, and will help prepare students for a future that revolves around innovation and technology.

Key Stage 3

The Design and Technology course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the various routes available at Key Stage 4. It also provides an awesome environment for students to learn through practical application, allowing for creative solutions to real, complex problems. Fundamentally, year 7 and 8 projects allow students to access and refine the skills needed to study at KS4.

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Course Descriptions

The AQA GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. The course is split into 50% coursework and 50% exam.

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Department Statement

Studying Design and Technology includes the use of a broad range of knowledge, skills, and understanding, and prompts engagement in a variety of activities. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


This is an ideal course for students who are looking to develop a career in the manufacturing and design industry. Courses offered at post 16 would continue the progression and provide a foundation for employment.

For further information, contact Mr P Maddison, Assistant Principal and Head of Faculty

What We Want To Offer

  • A broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To provide a safe and secure learning environment.

Key Skills that can be used Cross Curricular.

What We Want To Achieve:

  • To open creative opportunities.
  • That the student achieves the best results for their ability.

For all to be given the opportunity to access courses and extra curricular sessions.

What We Expect:

  • Pupils and staff to be respected.
  • Everyone tries their hardest regardless of ability.

Pride in work and subjects.

That all understand that studying a Design and Technology subject that students need to demonstrate dedication and hard work.

Every Child Will:

  • Take pride in their work.
  • Understand their place in the world and their potential to achieve in it.

Respect the subject, staff and others.

Become independent learners.