DT Resistant Materials A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017



Course introduction

Are you a creative person with an interest in how things work? If the answer is yes, then A Level DT Resistant Materials could help you get started in your ideal career.

This course gives you opportunities to apply your creativity to technological applications. For example, you will explore innovative concepts on how to improve products through of use of a wide range of materials.

You need to be able to sketch clearly, have creative ideas and be able to solve problems effectively in order to do succeed on this course. Providing you already have these skills, you could do really well.

Why choose Brock for DT Resistant Materials A Level?

At Brock we have an excellent success rate in helping students of DT Resistant Materials reach their full potential.

We have a well-equipped workshop that you can access outside of lesson time, plus experienced teachers and a helpful technician

Your abilities will increase thanks to interesting projects that develop key skills in written analysis, traditional drawing, computer aided design and manufacturing.

Teaching & learning

Throughout this course you will compile a portfolio of work that evidences your new knowledge and skills.

Importantly, you will become astute at product analysis where you evaluate a product for form, function, materials, construction and quality.

You will also spend time exploring design and manufacturing considerations in order to appreciate what is practical, economical and possible.

In the second year you will have a free choice of project.

Course structure

  • Develop your knowledge and skills related to research, design, making, testing and evaluating to give you a better all-round understanding.
  • Explore materials, processes and health & safety considerations to improve your awareness of key aspects and issues.
  • Analyse the work of famous designers to understand their thought processes, helping you refine your approach.
  • Learn model making, computer aided design and manufacturing skills used in industry.
  • Gain awareness and learn from wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • Maths
  • English language
  • Science
  • D & T or Engineering grade B (if taken)

In addition, experience of constructing projects or woodworking at home is desirable. 

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification can lead to a variety of different career pathways, including product design, engineering and architecture.

It could also form part of your route into university, especially if you wish to pursue a subject like Engineering.

Some students progress to taking advanced apprenticeships with local companies or gain employment directly in the technology and engineering sector in their local area.

Please note: this subject does not complement Visual Arts subjects.

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