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91059: Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts used to make products from resistant materials

Updated February 2014. This document has been updated in its entirety to address new issues that have arisen from moderation.

Characteristics of resistant materials

The characteristics and materials listed in Explanatory Note (EN) 4 and EN5 are for guidance only, the assessor should ensure that students are describing appropriate characteristics of suitable resistant materials.


Students should be explaining one or more safe technique for each of the four techniques listed in the standard (EN3).

Students are required to describe which combinations of techniques and resistant materials would be suitable for use in a situation. They might, for example, choose to focus on a chair that will be used outside in the garden (as opposed to, for example, a highly crafted indoor chair). The response could include describing techniques that would be suitable for shaping a mortise and tenon joint (for the garden chair) to accommodate the characteristics of kwila.  

Students are likely to be more motivated if the outcomes for this standard are linked to their practice.

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