During year 7 and 8, resistant materials teaches students to make decisions about the use of materials, tools, and equipment for a planned piece of work involving shaping, joining, finishing, and evaluating their final product. In doing so, students will study the characteristics of working properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, softwood and hardwood timbers, and thermoplastics as well as industrial processes and the reasons why one process is more suited to a product than another.
In year 9, pupils extend their study to include more design opportunities, preparing them for further qualifications in years 10 and 11.
At GCSE, the two-year programme of study in resistant materials aims to develop our students' skills and knowledge further, culminating in a major project conducted in year 11 which contributes 60% of the marks towards the final grade. Common projects involve the planning and making of small storage units influenced by an art period from the past century, e.g. art deco, and multi-functional coffee tables that have marketing potential.