Welcome to Resistant Materials

Students will have the opportunity to design and make real-world products from a variety of Resistant Materials such as woods, metals and plastics. They will use CAD/CAM in their products (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture).



Key Stage 3

The Resistant Materials course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA Technical Award in Materials Technology course in Key Stage 4. Students will work with tools and materials (mainly woods) in Year 7 and will add the use of metals and plastics in Year 8, preparing them for GCSE level.


Students will follow a rational timetable of Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Graphic Products and Electronic Products.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs D Wragg on d.wragg@shafton.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

AQA Technical Awards – Materials Technology

Unit 1 – Skills demonstration – Learners undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills.

Unit 2 – Extended Making project – Learners will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3.

Unit 3 – Fundamentals of Materials Technology – Learners will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Materials and their working properties
  • Processes and manufacture
  • Joining, components, adhesives and finishes
  • Product specification
  • Commercial practice
  • Careers opportunities

The Technical Awards in Materials Technology is assessed in the following way:


BTEC Level 1/2 Engineering


Unit 1 – Externally assessed task) which is worth 25% of the grade.
Units 2 and 7 – Portfolio of work (including practical work) which is worth 75% of the grade.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs D Wragg, Head of Department, at d.wragg@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

Key Stage 3 Homework Sheets