Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560)

This is our current GCSE specification.
For our new specification see:

GCSE Design and Technology (8552)

GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

We are also developing a Technical Award in Materials Technology for first teaching in 2017. Sign up for updates, or find out more about the changes to GCSEs and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs. Short courses are no longer included in performance table headline measures.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
Specification code 4560
Certification code 4562
QAN codes 50046093

Updates to Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560)

When there are changes to the specification, updates appear here.

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