Graphics, Resistant Materials and GCSE Design Technology 2017/18 – Mr Thompson, Mr Rushworth


Year 7

Students will learn drawing skills. They will learn how to apply colour to drawings. They will also learn how to use Computer Aided Design. Students will look at structures and complete a small design and make task.

Year 8

Students will learn how to use Computer Aided Design in order to produce a product. Students will learn about Computer Aided Manufacturing. Students will produce a nameplate project. They will design everything themselves and produce a nameplate and all the packaging and promotional materials associated with this.  Students will also learn about Graphic drawing in this module.

Resistant Materials

Year 7

Students will learn about design and how to turn ideas into reality.  Students will be designing a Key Fob which they will then have the opportunity to manufacture.  They will then be studying the theme of wildlife and they will design and make a bird feeder.

Year 8

Students will be looking at the theme of storage.  They will look at designing and making a pencil box.  This design will be made from manufactured board and natural timber.  The project will explore the skills required to work with these materials.

GCSE Design Technology

Year 9 and 10

In Year 9 students who have opted to study Design Technology will be studying GCSE Design Technology.  This is a brand new GCSE and is offered from the exam board AQA.  This GCSE allows students to study all areas of the subject.  Students will study Graphics, Resistant Materials and Electronics across the three year course.

Studying this subject will benefit students who are interested in design and may wish to study design in Sixth Form and University. The course is also good for anyone who may just have an interest in design.

Course Structure


This consists of an extended project which includes a design portfolio and the production of quality product(s).

There is a terminal examination for this course

There is only one level of entry for the exam.

The course is designed to be an enjoyable experience for students which will teach them to work as part of a team and develop skills which will benefit them both in Sixth Form and in the workplace. Students will also have access to skilled technical support throughout the course during practical activities.

Year 11

The current Year 11 are studying the legacy GCSE.  GCSE Graphic Products.  The course sn no longer available for study to new students.