Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 1 Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Leary.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Materials Technology, DVC, Textiles and DAB are recommended. Success in Year 9 Materials Technology and or DVC is an advantage also.

Design Technology is a subject for students who are inquisitive about the world around them and the opportunities to produce design projects that address real world problems. Design projects are student led which means students decide on a context and eventually a design that satisfies the issues and needs of the end user. The course is run in a workshop where students can fluidly move between design and making tasks as they develop their projects. At year 11, design outcomes are restricted by cost and size as the focus is on learning the design workflow that underpins design thinking. Skills and knowledge learnt include:

  • sketching
  • computer aided design (CAD)
  • safe power tool and machinery use
  • material composition and selection
  • component integration and assembly
  • creative and critical thinking

This course contains 16 compulsory credits and a further 4 optional credits that are negotiable and dependent on student preference and ability.

NB: Level 1 Materials and processing Technology Achievement Standards, are covered in two Technology courses; Design Technology and Textiles. If you want to do both courses at Level 1, then you must consider that you will only be able to gain a maximum of 20 credits across the two courses. No matter what course you choose, you will have entry into both Level 2 Design Technology and Textiles.

Learning Areas:

Hangarau - Technology


Level 2 Building and Construction, Level 2 Design Technology, Level 2 Textiles Technology

Career Pathways

Boat Builder, Fabrication Engineer, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Roofer, Building and Construction Manager, Wood Processing Worker, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Industrial Designer, Stonemason, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Driller, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Architectural Technician, Welder, Furniture Finisher, Upholsterer, Joiner

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Course Cost $160 for take-home component