Resistant Materials and Engineering

Resistant Materials & Engineering

Faculty of Art & Design Technology


Mrs C Finnegan - Head of Faculty


Resistant Materials and Engineering are inspiring, practical subjects that engage, motivate and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to invent and create. Within these subjects, pupils have the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to design and create products, solve problems and work both within a team and independently.


Our aim is to provide a challenging and enriching experience that will enable all pupils to:

  • develop their creative, technical and practical skills to be able to work confidently and independently in an increasingly technical world
  • become responsible, competent, confident, safe and creative users of tools and equipment
  • analyse given problems and produce solutions using their gained knowledge, skills and understanding


KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 7

Year 7 pupils spend eight weeks in the department, during which time they are introduced to Health and Safety requirements, the various materials used, the Design Process and the correct and safe use of PPE, tools and equipment. They will then use their gained knowledge to design, make and evaluate a segmented animal safely and correctly.

Year 8

Year 8 pupils spend eight weeks in the department, during which time they will review and recap their knowledge of Health and Safety, materials, the Design Process and the use of PPE, tools and equipment. They are then introduced to the subject of electronics and use their gained knowledge to design, make and evaluate a solar light.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils begin studying BTEC Engineering by working on several short projects which will each be graded according to BTEC grades (D - P), along with feedback as to how to achieve the higher grades. These projects will allow the pupils to enhance their skills and knowledge gained at KS3, and introduce them to many new skills. Areas covered include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Materials
  • Safe and correct use of PPE, tools and equipment
  • Electronics
  • Teamwork
  • Production processes
  • CAD


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 10 and Year 11

In Year 10 and Year 11, pupils work towards their BTEC Engineering qualification. They use the skills and knowledge gained during Year 9 to complete Unit 2 (Investigating an Engineering Product), Unit 8 (Electronic Circuit Design and Construction) and Unit 1 (The Engineered World).

Assessment: In BTEC Engineering, the overall grade is based on both coursework (75%) and a written exam (25%). Throughout the coursework projects, students will be given both written and oral feedback to help them achieve the highest grade possible on the coursework element of their work. They will also sit Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs), which will be marked internally with detailed feedback given to all students to help them prepare for their final BTEC exam during Year 11.