Grammar School


Resistant Materials: GCSE

Design and Technology: Resistant Materials;involves students in the process of looking at mass produced products to highlight how they can be responsibly designed and made in order to enhance people’s lives.
"Our goal is to equip the students so that they can respond to a rapidly changing future."
This course provides an excellent route into A-Level Product Design (both Graphic Products and Resistant Materials) and hence towards Design based University courses and careers such as Product Design, Industrial Design and Engineering.
In the past Design & Technology: Resistant Materials has been a particularly demanding course due to the practical element, in recognition of this fact the Examination Board is now asking for smaller and more innovative coursework projects that can be completed in 40 hours over a 12 month period. Consequently, students find this a rewarding and enjoyable experience with a great sense of personal achievement.     Chess Set and Storage Box by David - Year 11

D&T: Resistant Materials follows the core designing skills in Design and Technology but concentrates more on the use of resistant materials; individual designs are realised in the most appropriate material (usually wood, metal or plastics or any combination of these).

GCSE Course Content

Students learn through a number of ‘design and make tasks’ to:-
•  Identify real-life problems and produce effective solutions.
• design in such a way that they account for the environment and associated moral concerns.
•  be innovative and imaginative
•  communicate their ideas in many different ways such as; freehand sketching, modelling and photo-real media.
• use modern design and manufacture methods such as 3D Computer Aided Design and the Laser Cutting Machine.
This knowledge calls upon and supports important skills within many other subject areas of the curriculum.

Click here to view  GCSE Help Booklet


PTA Christmas Fayre Project

Year 10 students have to design, make, package and sell a range of products at the Christmas Fayre - and make a profit for the PTA!

The students made:-
Chopping Boards
Piggy/Bunny Banks Christmas Words
Christmas Shapes
. Everything was sold, producing a handsome profit and providing plenty of evaluation topics to round off the entire project.


The students produced :-

  • Laser Cut House Signs
  • Guernsey Flag Key Rings
  • Guernsey Flag Chopping Boards
  • Door Nameplates
To View a synopsis of the GCSE course CLICK HERE

 or View the Final Project Deadline Chart CLICK HERE


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