Faculty of Design & Technology
Head of Faculty Mrs J St John
- S1 Curriculum for Excellence
- S2 Curriculum for Excellence
- S3 Curriculum for Excellence
- Health & Food Technology
- National 5 Practical Cake Craft
- S4 Wider Achievement
Health & Food Technology Resources
Design & Technology Department
Head of Faculty Mr S Connelly (Acting)
National 4, National 5 and Higher Graphic Communication
National 4, National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture
National 4 and National 5 Practical Woodworking
Graphic Communication (National 4, National 5 and Higher)
Graphic Communication is a distinctive course that will help you to develop both your creative and technical skills. The courses offered will provide you with essential CAD skills and allow you to develop your own design process to tackle creative design challenges.
Everywhere you look you will see aspects of Graphic Communication. This will include advertising, architecture, engineering, web design and even in computer games! As this is an ever-evolving area of design, our courses adapt and change to reflect new techniques and technologies that are available. Most recently this has included the laser cutter which allows our young designers to test and evaluate their ideas!
Within the department we have a range of new technologies available to enhance our Graphic Communication courses and ensure that there is something for everyone. The nature of the courses allows all learners to follow their strengths but also provide challenge through increased creativity and challenging design briefs.
Graphic Communication is an important tool used widely in the construction, engineering and consumer industries. Career pathways from Graphic Communication include Graphic Design, Architecture, Advertising, Animation, Multimedia Design, Engineering and Publishing to name a few.
Within the Design and Technology Department Graphic Communication is delivered throughout the Broad General Phase (S1-S3) of the curriculum and throughout S4 to S6. In the Broad General Phase, Graphic Communication is delivered as part of S1-S3 Broad General Experiences and as a Deeper Learning course choice for S3 BGE with a Graphic Communication focus. In S4 to S6, Graphic Communication is available as a course choice for levels National 4, National 5 and Higher.
Design and Manufacture (National 4, National 5 and Higher)
Design and Manufacture is a relatively new course in our national curriculum. There are similarities to its predecessor Craft and Design whereby pupils are learning traditional designing and crafting skills through an array of materials and workshop techniques. However, the Design and Manufacture course has been modernised to provide our pupils with not only with traditional workshop skills but also the manufacturing knowledge, skills and processes that are now fundamental in the commercially manufactured world in which we live in.
Design and manufacture will develop pupils creative and technological abilities by helping them to view the world like a designer and engineer. The course provides pupils with an opportunity to design and manufacture products that have a purpose and can be used within the environment in which they surround themselves. As a result, pupils are able to look in depth at the products surrounding them and consider factors that have influenced how the products where designed, manufactured and used and how they will be disposed of in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
The Design and Manufacture course will allow pupils to develop their skills in creating functional prototypes using a range of hand and machine tools. It will also give pupils an insight to the world around us.
Currently there is a huge demand for people with skills in designing, manufacturing and fixing products. Career pathways from Design and Manufacture include many types of Engineering, Product Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Computer Aided Design & Manufacture, Architecture and many others.
Within the Design and Technology Department Design and Manufacture is delivered throughout the Broad General Phase (S1-S3) of the curriculum and throughout S4 to S6. In the Broad General Phase, Design and Manufacture is delivered as part of S1-S3 Broad General Experiences and as a Deeper Learning course choice for S3 BGE with a Design and Manufacturing focus. In S4 to S6, Design and Manufacture is available as a course choice for levels National 4, National 5 and Higher.
Practical Woodworking (National 4 and National 5)
Practical Woodworking is an exciting and diverse course which allows students to make quality projects from wood. Practical woodworking differs to the other courses offered within the Design and Technology department as pupils are not required to design their own items, but are required to make items in response to sketches and drawings provided throughout the course.
Throughout the subject pupils learn a variety of woodworking skills and have responsibility for using a range of tools and machines. As part of the course pupils also develop responsibility, problem solving, coordination and planning skills along with safe working practices.
Practical Woodworking has recently been through a period of modernisation and now - along with all National 5’s offered within the department - contains an end of year written exam (worth 30% of overall grade). During class time pupils complete a range of units which enhances their knowledge of workshop materials, tools and practices. These units will prepare our learners for their assessed end of year practical activity which is worth 70% of their final course grade.
Career pathways from Practical Woodworking include Joinery, Furniture & Cabinet Making, Shop Fitting, Wood Machining, Engineering and various other trades. The course also provides a number of transferable skills suited to many more careers of a practical nature.
Within the Design and Technology Department Practical Woodworking is delivered throughout the Broad General Phase (S1-S3) of the curriculum and throughout S4 to S6. In the Broad General Phase, Practical Woodworking is delivered as part of S1-S3 Broad General Experiences and as a Deeper Learning course choice for S3 BGE with a Practical Craft Skills focus. In S4 to S6, Practical Woodworking is available as a course choice for levels National 4 and National 5.