GCSE Resistant Materials


In Year 10 students work to complete a GCSE Design and Make Practice (Controlled Assessment). Lessons are structured through a range of taught practical and coursework sessions. During Year 10 students complete all of their Controlled Assessment.


Students studying GCSE Resistant Materials at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here.


GCSE Resistant Materials is broken down into 2 units:

Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) -2 hours –120 marks – 40%

  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections
  • Pre-Release material issued.

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602) - Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%

  • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.
  • The coursework is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.


What is involved?

  • How to develop a specification for a new product
  • How to analyse existing products
  • How to generate a range of design proposals
  • How to use the internet to research ideas
  • Product planning and development
  • How to select materials and work with tools and equipment
  • How to evaluate products by tasting and testing them
  • How to improve ICT skills and learn all about CAD and CAM
  • Developing your awareness of consumer requirements of a product
  • Analyse products and the processes used to manufacture them
  • Work practically with materials and components
  • Sustainable considerations of design and make


Key Dates

Students are given deadline dates throughout the coursework.


Who should study this course?

Any student wishing to enter the fascinating and demanding world of product design.  Any student wanting to gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of Design and Technology and in personal life.


How will this course lead to careers involving Design?

With this qualification you could go on to further study Product Design at AS/A2 level or go to college and do a range of vocational qualifications which could lead to various careers in the design industry. For example: Product designer, Furniture Maker, Brand Designer or a job in Industrial Design.