Years 10 & 11 Curriculum - Resistant Materials

AQA 8552



  • You must have studied the course in Year 9 to be able to take it in Year 10.
  • The course is majorly based on designing, rather than making.
  • The course is only suitable for students who are self-motivated and capable of working independently.
  • The course requires students to undertake large volumes of work at home. Therefore, a good home-learning record is essential.
  • The course is not suitable for those students that just wish to do practical tasks.
  • Due to the use of potentially dangerous tools and machines a good behaviour record is required.



The course is based on the designing and making of new products. You will learn about the world of design and gain an understanding of all the things a designer must consider before being able to create effective products. You will be expected to undertake weekly home learning tasks to gain a wide range of knowledge, which will help to prepare you for the GCSE exam. As well as producing a book of design theory knowledge, all students document their learning through the use of a design folder, including the development of drawings and justified notes. There is also time to work on developing practical skills, but the design folder takes up around 80% of class time, with 20% of time spend on the practical tasks.

Resistant Materials students will use mainly wood, plastic and metal to develop products.

The course rewards students who are creative and can develop original designs to a high standard. The course is well suited to self-motivated students who enjoy working independently and taking responsibility for their own learning.



  • 50% - Controlled Assessment – Substantial design and make tasks. Students will have to work independently to produce a working prototype and a detailed design folder. The design and make task is set by the exam board.
  • 50% - Exam – A written examination including questions assessing a wide breadth of technical knowledge and understanding, plus extended design question.



A3 folder to store their work in (these can be brought from the Student Shop, currently priced at £4) and a revision guide (these can be bought from the Student Shop, currently priced at £2.90 each). In addition to this, students are expected to provide materials for the production of their final product. The final product remains the property of the student. The expense usually ranges from £30 to £60.


Enquiries to: – Learning Leader: Art & Design