Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials: mainly wood, metal and plastics. It offers many opportunities to be creative and requires students to develop problem solving skills and to develop their spatial awareness skills through practical work. Students will gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and equipment as well as industrial production and related environmental issues.

Key Stage 3


Year 7

Pupils will begin their resistant materials experience at Hindley High School by designing and making a functional key holder. The pupils will produce their key holder using workshop tools and machinery. They will be challenged to creatively design their key holder to suit a specific target market and manufacture their product to a highly professional finish.


The decoration of the key holder allows pupils to gain an understanding of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM). Pupils will gain skills using Techsoft 2D design software and manufacturing processes using the laser cutter and vinyl cutter.


There is a booklet linked to the project, where pupils follow the design cycle, research and critically analyse, record their designs and evaluate their work.




Year 8

In this project, pupils will follow a specific design brief to design and manufacture a functional box that could be sold in a high street shop.

Pupils will build on prior knowledge and skills to research, design and manufacture their product; using workshop tools and machinery and CAD/CAM principles. The boxes will then be subjected to a number of quality control checks to decide if their product is suitable for shop sale.


At the end of year 8 pupils will opt to study one DT subject throughout year 9



Year 9

Pupils may chose to study resistant materials throughout year 9.


Pupils will complete a variety of projects using a wide range of materials and processes; including traditional woodworking skills and use of computer aided design and manufacture. Completing these projects will provide pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge; which will benefit them greatly if they chose to study the subject at GCSE level.



Key Stage 4


Years 10 & 11

Pupils will make decisions, and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. They will actively engage in the processes of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners. Pupils will explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making and will analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life. Finally, pupils will develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.  


Pupils will develop their skills of using hand tools and workshop machinery, accompanied by Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to produced professional looking products. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and ICT are used throughout the subject to assist pupils in visualising their design ideas and presenting their work. They will design independently and collaboratively to develop personal, learning and thinking skills (PLT’s), and give pupils the experience of working in a design team.


60% Controlled assessment (40% making and 20% design folder).


40 % Written paper (a preparation sheet will be issued by March 1st of the year of the examination).


Contact: Miss T Atherton

Exam Link: AQA GCSE Resistant Materials