Resistant Materials

Teacher: Mr Martin Rolls Email


Art, Design & Technology Subject Leader: Mrs Melanie Pearson - Jury Email

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website


9-1 Assessment Grades

GCSE Exam SpecificationWJEC Eduqas GCSE in ART AND DESIGN

Key Stage 3

KS3 Resistant Materials

Year 7

The year 7 course introduces students to the basics of Resistant Material. Students are encouraged to develop their skills with regard to workshop tools and equipment. They are also encouraged to work with a range materials and processes which will further develop their skills and understanding.

It is important that students learn to design as well as gain practical skills. Students will be engaged in problem solving and learning how to generate form as well as function.

Students must complete all projects and set homeworks.

Year 8

In year 8 students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills as well as given opportunity to work collaboratively. They are given the opportunity to work with a wider range of tools and equipment, such as 2D design and the laser cutter.        

Students will further develop their design skills by learning from existing designers and products. Students will also develop technical drawing techniques and other key communication tools.

Students must complete all projects and set homeworks.


Key Stage 4

KS4 Resistant Materials

The Resistant Materials course is undertaken under the Art and Design specification. This allows students to maximise their creativity and practical skills in a productive and effective way. They get to experiment with a wide variety of materials, processes, tools, equipment and resources to generate evidence of different work and outcomes.

Students are given opportunities to develop their techniques and skills in a structured way (especially in year 9). This platform provides students with a good foundation from which to further develop their ideas and allows them some autonomy with which to express themselves using 3D outcomes.

Students will need to bring an open mind to their work and endeavour to show a lot of their workings on A3 paper. To enable students to effectively complete homework, they will need to transport their A3 sheets in folders from home to school. Students are also expected to have their own pencil, pen, rubber and sharpener.

British Values


  • Legislation regarding the manufacture of products.

The rule of law

  • Legislation regarding the manufacture of products.
  • Consumer rights.
  • Copyright and TM laws.
  • Trading Standards.
  • Food hygiene and H&S laws and regulations.

Individual liberty

  • Sustainability in design, Eco-design, green design, 6 R’s.
  • Making food choices that take seasonality, economics, local sourcing and sustainability into account.
  • Developing products for different customers/users with regard to their ethnicity, wants and needs.

Mutual respect

  • Students research different cultural values and traditions for their projects. They are required to use these findings to design and make their products.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 

  • Students research different cultural values and traditions for their projects. They are required to use these findings to design and make their products.
  • Social and moral issues considered when designing and making products. Referred to in specifications, design brief, testing and evaluations.

KS4 Revision Resources

Resistant materials

Textbooks/revision guides:

OCR Design and Technology for GCSE: Resistant Materials 0340981962CGP GCSE Design & Technology Resistant Materials OCR Revision Guide 1847623522- These are available to buy in year 10 in DT for reduced price but are also available from Amazon.


Revision booklets are also made and given out to each student in the spring term and also emailed to them.