Specialism:Year 11 Resistant Materials

What will my child be studying?

Students will be working for the AQA GCSE Resistant Materials syllabus. This second year of the two year course is dominated by the controlled assessment. Students are given careful direction into choosing a project that will fully display their talents. The majority of their time will be spent designing and making the controlled assessment under informal supervision. Exam preparation will occur twice, once in year 10 and once again as year 11 mock examination before the summer examination. This should involve the students undertaking research into the given design theme for the examination together with thorough revision of the theoretical work covered in Year 10.

How is the course assessed?

The course consists of coursework worth 60% of the whole and 40% as an external exam based on all the theory studied. Assessments based on GCSE descriptors for each grade and are made throughout the course to ensure that students know the level at which they are working as well as how to improve.

Are there Controlled Assessments?

There is one Controlled Assessment which is completed under a level of medium control. This consists of a design folder and a final piece or set of pieces based on one of many design contexts set by the exam board. The coursework will have been started in Year 10 and be completed by February in Year 11. The design folder should consist of approximately: 20 pages of A3 paper or the equivalent in A4. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

How long are the examinations?

There is a mock examination taken around Christmas. This does not count towards the final GCSE grade, but helps the students to understand what is needed in the exam which will be taken in May or June. It is 2 hours long and includes a design section as well as more formal theory questions.

What equipment should my child have?

Students should always have drawing equipment as well as pens.

What texts would you recommend?

AQA Design and Technology – Resistant Materials Technology – Nelson Thornes

What websites would you recommend?


How can I support my child’s learning?

Please ensure that your child prepares for lessons, completes homework tasks and brings in necessary resources to enable him/her to complete classwork to the highest possible standard.
It may also be necessary or desirable for your child to attend Coursework catch-up sessions, in which case arrangements will need to be made for transport home from school.

For further information, please contact:

Mr J Cook at: jcook@tringschool.org