Year 9 Curriculum - Resistant Materials


The course is based on designing, rather than making and students will spend most of their time doing folder work, rather than practical work.

Students will be investigating a range of designing and making skills. They will be using their research skills to explore existing designs and products, analyse client needs and create specific design requirements to help them develop their own design ideas. They will develop their drawing and presentation skills using a range of media, including computer-aided design, to create innovative ideas that can be taken forward to the manufacturing stage.

Students studying this course will gain a broad understanding of the whole design industry, taking into account how a wide variety of materials and processes can be used to make products. Students will be expected to know how electronics, mechanisms and modern materials can be used to further develop products. They will also gain an understanding of textiles technology.
Practical work will encourage skilful and safe use of hand and machine tools, as well as computer-aided manufacture with the laser cutter. In general, course materials are provided.



Students will produce work that will be assessed similarly to GCSE standards. Marks are allocated for research, development of design ideas, practical skills and evaluation. Students will be expected to work at home each week, learning their theory content and producing a folder of notes. They will be tested on this theory in class.



The ability to take responsibility for their own learning and work safely and sensibly in lessons.

  • An enthusiasm to create high quality design drawings and practical work, both in school and at home.
  • Drawing equipment to include a pen, pencil, rubber, sharpener, quality colouring pencils and fine liners (estimated cost £10-20). 
  • Students will also require an A3 folder to store their work in (these can be brought from the Student Shop, currently priced at £4).

A good home-learning record, as students must be willing to learn and revise theory knowledge at home.


Enquiries to: – Learning Leader: Art & Design