Design Technology

Design Technology Resistant Materials at the Academy

At the core of Design Technology, is creativity and imagination. Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 

In year 7 students follow a foundation course developing design skills and the safe use of tools & machines through designing and making a Room Thermometer and a Desk Tidy.

In year 8 students develop their skills further and learn to mark out and make accurate joints through a creative design project. They make a clock from acrylic in the style of Art Deco and use MDF to create a storage box.

At KS4 students follow the AQA Resistant Materials syllabus. This is assessed through a Controlled Assessment project worth 60% of the marks and a written exam worth 40%.

Year 9 Students, who opt for Resistant Materials, study the new AQA Level 2 Technical Award in Materials Technology. This is made up of 3 units, Skills 30%, Extended making project 30% and Fundamentals of Materials Technology, (theory exam) 40%.