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Broadwater School

Resistant materials


Teacher: Mrs Debbie Hardman; 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

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.

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 


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. 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.

The course is broken into 2 sections:

  • Component 1: Portfolio 60% This is a series of projects working through the assessment objectives. Students have the opportunity to research different products, artists, designers, work and experiment with different mediums to develop and produce a range of 3D Products.
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40% This is what we refer to as our exam project. A series of possible themes and starting points are released to students from the exam board in the January of year 11. Students develop projects and are able to design a range of different 3D outcomes. They go on to produce these outcomes in a 10 hour practical exam.

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.

We will try and provide as many materials as we can for GCSE students, but for coursework many students want to try different ideas, so it is up to the students to obtain these materials.


Students will be able to demonstrate fully their design capability, which requires them to combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.

Students will acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • Analysing and evaluating products and processes
  • Analysing and evaluating the work or artists and designers
  • Engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques
  • Engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing products
  • Considering how past and present design, relevant to a designing and making context, affects society
  • Gaining an awareness of the moral, cultural and environmental issues within Design

KS4 Revision Resources 

Resistant materials


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