Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 3 Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Leary.

Recommended Prior Learning

Completing the Level 2 Materials Technology, DVC or Textiles course is recommended. Students that experienced success in Level 1 Material Technology, DVC and Textiles and are confident with report writing are at an advantage also.

The emphasis in Year 13 Design Technology is for students to fully lead the design inquiry process towards the production of design projects that address real world problems. This course is considered good preparation for students who are considering further tertiary study in the field of technology. 

The course is run in a workshop where students can fluidly move between design and making tasks as they develop their projects. At Year 13 design outcomes are only restricted by cost and the constraints identified within the inquiry process. Students are encouraged to explore their design context to discover a wide range of design solutions they may not have considered. Skills and knowledge learnt are a continuation of the Level 2 program but with a higher degree of independence. Fabrication of student outcomes is not constrained to the Riccarton workshops as designs may require specialist processes to complete. Engagement with the wider "maker" community is encouraged.

This course contains 18 compulsory credits and a further 16 optional credits that are negotiable and dependent on student preference and ability. Motivated students have the opportunity to gain a scholarship.

Learning Areas:

Hangarau - Technology

Career Pathways

Boat Builder, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Cutter, Industrial Designer, Stonemason, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Welder, Upholsterer, Joiner, Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Architectural Technician, Fabrication Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Geologist, Environmental Engineer, Geospatial Specialist, Fire Engineer

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Course Cost: $190 for take-home projects