Resistant Materials

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course code / Specification number: Edexcel 2RMO1

What will the students learn about?

The Resistant Materials course aims to promote the careful and thoughtful use of wood, metal, plastic, composite, smart and modern materials and associated pre-manufactured items

  • To use processes in Design and Technology to become effective and independent learners
  • To design and make quality products
  • To analyse existing products and produce different solutions to a need
  • To learn decision making skills, individually and in groups
  • To understand the importance of designing and making in society and their influence on lifestyles
  • To develop more analytical and creative skills in relation to existing solutions and good design.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

  • Designing, planning, making products using wood, metal, composite materials, smart, modern materials and plastics
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Tools and equipment, including new technologies and industrial production
  • Processes and techniques used in working with and joining resistant materials
  • Environmental and sustainable materials
  • Health and safety issues
  • Design and market influences.

Designing and Making Practice

  • Developing creativity, using drawing techniques and ICT
  • Investigating good design and existing products
  • Developing designing skills to meet their specifications
  • Producing detailed and annotated drawings, and models of design ideas
  • Using CAD to develop design
  • Plan and organise practical work, selecting appropriate equipment and materials
  • Work skilfully and safely with resistant materials, solving any problems as they arise
  • Complete a high quality product, recording the key stages of making
  • Use digital media and new technologies
  • Evaluate the processes of making, and suggest improvements.

How will students learning be assessed?

Unit 1: Creative Design and MakeStudents complete a design and make activity that is internally assessed under controlled conditions.  Activities chosen from a range of tasks set by Edexcel.   (60% - 100 marks) Controlled Assessment.

Unit 2: Written Paper – 1hr 30 mins – set and marked by Edexcel. 

After completing this course—what can students’ progress on to?

Carpentry, designing, engineering, mechanical engineering, furniture making, civil engineering, teaching, ship building, architecture, engineering and manufacturing with plastics.

Important Additional Information

A genuine interest in resistant materials

Working with hardwoods, softwoods, manufactured boards, metals, thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics

Work will be carried out in a wide variety of ways for example practical activities, investigations, research, data collection and analysis

Homework will be set every week

All coursework will be presented using ICT, except some drawings/designs.

For further information contact:

Mr J. Moran: j.moran@fhs.essex.sch.uk