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Design and Technology: Resistant Materials at Bedale High School

At Bedale High School design and technology subjects (resistant materials and food) are studied on a carousel rota at key stage 3, and then students can opt for this subject at GCSE in key stage 4. During key stage 3 students will complete four projects which develop knowledge and understanding of the design process, as well as develop a large range of skills in the making process.

Design and technology is the subject that allows pupils to develop the skills and abilities to positively engage with today’s modern world and to take advantage of its rapidly changing technology. They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be creative, imaginative and to make innovative use of a range of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.

As James Dyson describes: “Design and technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in maths and science – directly preparing them for a future career in engineering.”

Design skills and the ability to generate new ideas leads to numerous careers within marketing, sales and advertising, arts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, motor vehicle technology and repair as well as engineering and manufacturing.


KS3 Design and Technology: Resistant Materials topics (Y7 and Y8):
The projects change regularly, but each project allows students to focus on these areas of skill and understanding:

  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage
  • developments in new materials
  • systems approach to designing
  • mechanical devices
  • materials and their working properties.

KS4 Design and Technology: Resistant Materials topics (Y9, Y10 and Y11):

If students opt for this subject at GCSE they will follow the specification written by the exam board.  We use the AQA Design and Technology specification and specialise in materials such as wood, polymers and metals.  The specification outlines the knowledge and understanding required for the written exam.  Students will also complete a range of mini-projects to allow them to develop a range of skills and prepare them for the Non-exam assessment (NEA) portfolio. Topics covered are outlined below:

  • selection of materials or components
  • ecological and social footprint
  • using and working with materials
  • scales of production
  • surface treatments and finishes
  • timber based materials
  • polymers
  • electronic and mechanical systems
  • forces and stresses
  • sources and origins
  • stock forms, types and sizes
  • specialist techniques and processes
  • papers and boards
  • metal based materials
  • textile based materials


KS3 and KS4 students are assessed on each topic by using a range of homeworks, and written end of topic tests.


KS3 and KS4 students should receive homework each week.  This might be testing their understanding of what was covered in class, applying knowledge to new situation, or researching an upcoming topic.  All homework should be recorded by teachers on Show my homework website.

Extracurricular opportunities

There are after-school sessions where, with teacher support, suitable additional projects can be manufactured and current GCSE projects can be developed.