AQA Resistant Materials is made from four Units. There are two units per year.

There are an estimated 232,000 designers in the UK:65,900 are freelance and 82,500 work in design consultancies. The combined fee income of design consultancies and freelance is an estimated £15bn. British design and manufacture remains at the creative front internationally and learning to be part of this sector is well respected by employers.

AQA has a clear structure that is well suited for the practical designer. The practical Units are 50hrs and 60hrs, respectfully and you will be taught a wide range of techniques. Each year has a 2hr written exam and this embeds the theory and knowledge a designer needs to further work at degree level.

AS Examinations
Unit 1 – RM1 Materials, Components and Application
50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

Our pupils will have the opportunity to study and work with a variety of resistant materials to enable them to understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations. With this our pupils will gain a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used in the manufacture of materials and products for industrial or commercial applications. Our students will be encouraged to explore practical applications of processing methods as appropriate to the products they design and make. Sustainability is also a key part to this Unit and the effects of using materials.

Unit 2 – RM2 Learning Through Designing and Making
50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Coursework – approx 50 hours

This the practical element to the course and your chance to shine through with your knowledge and creativity.

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

A2 Examinations
Unit 3 – RM3 Design and Manufacture
25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

This unit will develop a deeper and broader understanding of material knowledge, processes and applications. You will learn about the design processes and current market commercial practices. The life cycle of products is a key part to this Unit and how the environment is affected. The unit covers manufacturing techniques and ICT, CAD/Cam developments.

Unit 4 – RM4 Design and Making Practice
25% of A Level

Coursework – approx 60 hours

This is the practical element to your course and the opportunity to create and design a project of your choice.

Entry Requirements
Design and Technology coursework and exams require a good level of English Maths and Science. The ideal candidate will have obtained a Grade B in these topics. It is not essential you are good at Art however it is important that you do like practical working as well as coursework.

We expect our students to keep an open mind when being creative and explore ideas. As both the coursework and examinations are important we expect our students to develop both of these skills in tandem during the course. Work is set on Moodle with prior reading and learning and coursework is deemed necessary to be done both outside and inside the class. Students are encouraged to use some of their free time in the studio.

Outside of the Classroom
Design Technology in either subject offers the learner the real chance to work with outside local companies. Some courses require you to have a live link to a project and visit the customer to access higher marks.

The textile students are treated to a “Clothes Show” as an opportunity to see retailing in this industry at full flow. In Product Design trips to Ikea in Bristol have taken place which that helps encourage reviewing of real products, on sale for product analysis.

Reasons to Study

Studying this style of A Level will challenge you and stretch your thinking. It will gain you confidence in managing complex processes. The careers Design Technology can lead onto are wide and varied depending on your interest; Architecture; Interior Design; Fashion Designer; Graphics Designer; Web Designer; Product Designer…

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