Resistant materials

Product Design - Resistant Materials

Design Technology – Resistant Materials at Key Stage 3

In Year 7 Resistant Materials pupils will complete three projects over the school year. These projects are linked along with food and textiles to cover all areas of the National Curriculum.

The projects in RM are:

Baseline Test – which covers:

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques
  • Plan, organise and make.
  • Reflecting on their designing

Skills gained – Basic design skills and use of basic hand tools.

Mini Light Project – which covers:

  • Communication and modelling of idea
  • Plan, organise and make.
  • Solving Technical problems

Skills gained – Use of Hand tools and machines (pillar/hegna/sander/vinyl cutter), electronics and design development.

Bedroom Project – which covers:

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques.
  • Plan, organise and make.
  • Reflecting on their designing.

Skills gained – Use of hand tools and machines within the room independently, Textiles skills, Finishing skills for the product.

In Year 8 students do two projects that again with food and textiles cover all areas of the curriculum. These are:

The Foam Prototype Project – which covers:

  • Responding creatively to briefs
  • Communication and modelling of ideas
  • Plan, organise and make.

Skills gained – Use of hand tools and smoothing techniques, Sandpaper use and files, finishing techniques.

The Rubber Band Racer – which covers:

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials
  • Communication and modelling of ideas
  • Plan, organise and make

Skills gained – Use of general workshop tools and machines independently, Use of a vacuum former, use of CAD/CAM and the vinyl/laser cutter.

GCSE in Product Design – Resistant Materials

Why study this subject?

Study this subject if you are interested in any/all of the below:

  • Design evolution – why do products change over time?
  • Green products and design for sustainability.
  • Exploring ideas, making prototype models and how to create a design portfolio.
  • Refining skills and making a final product and its packaging, using ICT in Design, CAD/CAM and digital photography.
  • How to make a product that you have designed, meeting a user need including packaging and customer care instructions and labelling so that it would be suitable for sale.

What will I learn?

This course offers students a creative and challenging experience in designing and making a commercial product using a range of materials, including, plastic, wood, metal, paper and card. It builds upon your experiences at KS3 and includes Computer Aided Design work and Computer Aided manufacture such as laser cutting and designing using ICT programmes such as Tech Soft 2-D.

How will I be taught?

At the start of the course you will study a core unit of work, comprising of both design and make tasks and core theory. You will then move onto mini project work producing portfolios of work to complement practical outcomes. Finally you will complete your controlled assessment. All this will be supported with preparation for your written exam

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

GCSE in Product Design.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

A GCSE in Product Design teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as problem solving, creativity, originality, design and make skills as well as analysis and evaluating. Pupils will have had the opportunity to work with a range of materials, which could lead into a diverse range of careers, including, engineering, manufacturing, art, design and many more.

Post-16 Progression

GCSE in 3 Dimensional Design is a popular and challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a good grade in GCSE Product Design. This A-Level supports applications to a number of degree courses at University, including Engineering,Design, Art, Architecture and many more.

How much homework will I have to do?

You will have to complete one piece of homework every week. However, you will also be expected to continually develop your understanding independently as well as using the independent learning opportunities available on Frog.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak with anyone in the Design Technology department. Alternatively you can look at the AQA website.

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