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Resistant Materials Coursework Checklist Assessment

Hi there,

So essentially i'm just looking for some guidance on what kinds of things I need to be doing to ensure I get a good grade on my coursework. Due to the nature of the assessment we have been given little to no guidance on what we should be doing...which has left me practically guessing. I have had a look at some exemplar work, although most are not relevant to my current project.

Any tips from people who have previously done, or are currently doing, this coursework would be much appreciated. In case it helps, the task is "task lighting inspired by a 20th century design movement", so I have made a minimalist task light intended for use by a student or in an office.

I have made a CAD model of my final design idea on Google Sketch-up, I have also drawn some initial design ideas (6 total) with my preferred one being developed further, these were annotated. I have done some research of existing products, using ACCESSFM, research into suitable materials (wood and metal), as well as standard joining methods (wing nuts, tongue and groove, etc). My diary of making (AO3) consists of a small introductory paragraph for each step followed by a picture of each stage with a small description of what it shows, I have tried to put in where I used quality control measures (sanding, marking out, jigs, clamps, etc). I have done this for each part of the lamp: base, arms, head, fixings, assembly.

I have not yet done any evaluation, as the lamp is still not fully finished (wiring to be done still), so tips on this part especially would be greatly helpful.

So in summary, I'm just asking whether I've been on the right tracks, what sort of things I need to add in and any other advice that you think would help.


(sorry for long post :P)

I am currently doing this course. I did a storage product and did it Biology themed. Don't ask.

It honestly sounds like you've got it down 100%. But without seeing the details, I can't be dead certain. I'm doing my evaluation now, but my teacher gave us tips on what to write. I'll put them down here.

Feedback from other people
Ask a minimum of 3 people, including the client. For their thoughts on your project, write the thoughts down/summerise it.
After the feedback, how do you feel about your project now? Possibly in the evaluation.
Try and include a photo of a person looking at your product to prove it was real feedback.

Evaluation – Half a Page, written prose?
Has the Project been successful?
Have you hit the main criteria?
Write some new criteria? - 4 or 5 In the design ideas stage
How well, to what extent, have you met the criteria?
How do you know that the project is successful?
How have you performed in the project? Independently
What do you wish you could have done differently?
What kind of support did you get from Mr R and Mr T? (Your teachers)
How did that help you learn more and become more independent?
Looking at the project objectively, do you think it is a worthwhile product? Something that could be a marketable product? Where do you think it could be sold? What kind of people/users would be the typical users now you’ve made it? Where the manufacturing methods you used in the end appropriate? Did they give you the finish that you needed? Maybe too full on? Would you maybe in the future use CAD/CAM effectively?

Hopefully, that helps. My whole Powerpoint is due in on Monday so I'm finishing it off this weekend. Feel free to PM me if you want me to read through it, one student to another.

On this page you will be able to find all sorts of information that will help you with your controlled assessment and revision for exams. Remember to keep checking back as new information is added all of the time.

Course Overview

Exam Board Resources

Click below to download the specification from the exam board. We use the Edexcel exam board. This document lists everything that might come up in the exams. Read through and use it as a check list to make sure you have covered everything in your revision plan.

Resistant Materials Specification (PDF)

Click to download a list of everything you need to know. Read through it and check that you’ve covered it in your revision schedule.

GCSE Theory Knowledge (PDF)


Click below to download the PDF file your teacher uses in lessons. This will talk you through what you need to do, page by page.
I am stuck with Controlled Assessment, I need help (PDF)

Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology Resistant MaterialsEdexcel978-1846907555£16.55
GCSE Essentials Resistant Materials Revision GuideLetts and Lonsdale (1 July 2009)978-1906415433£3.24
GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials: Revision Guide (Design & Technology Revision)CGP (23 Sep 2002)978-1841467924£2.02


Exam Questions

Below are links to a number of exam questions, complete with their mark schemes. Give them a try.

Sample Papers

Below are links to sample exam papers and the mark schemes. They will show you how your exam will be laid out. Towards the end of your revision time have a go at these exams.

Useful Links


A massive list of over 100 exam style questions to help you revise.
Revision Questions (PDF)

Revision Materials

Below are all the theory notes used across the course of the GCSE course.

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