Design and Technology

Aims of the Design and Technology Department

The aim of the Design and Technology department is to offer a broad range of technical subjects from S1 to S6 which, will ultimately prepare the individual for a career in Technology.


Staff Names and Roles

Mr C. Stewart (Curricular Leader)

Mr G. Agnew

Mr S. Griffin

Mr A. MacPherson

Mrs A. M. McKenzie (Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care)

Mr S. Danks (Technician)

Broad General Education Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Develop skills in producing and interpreting sketches, drawings and diagrams
  • Develop skills in practical model making and construction
  • Develop skills in testing and simple evaluation of models
  • Apply safe working practices in a workshop or similar environment
  • Develop knowledge of basic engineering ideas


Qualification Course Layout

The Design and Technology Department offer qualification courses in the following areas:

  • Design and Manufacture
  • Engineering Science
  • Graphic Communication
  • Practical Metalworking
  • Practical Woodworking

Design and Manufacture Course Layout

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in the design and manufacturing of models, prototypes and products
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Design & Manufacture - National 5

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in design and manufacturing models, prototypes and products
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Design & Manufacture - Higher

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in design and in refining design proposals
  • Practical skills in the planning and development of models and prototypes
  • Skills in evaluation and research
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society


Engineering Science Course Layout

Engineering Science - National 4

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of basic engineering facts and ideas
  • Understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science
  • Apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of straightforward engineering problems
  • Communicate engineering concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society

Engineering Science - National 5

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of key engineering facts and ideas
  • Understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science
  • Apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of engineering problems
  • Communicate engineering concepts clearly and concisely, using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society

Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication - National 4

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, materials and software
  • Extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions, where these apply
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

Graphic Communication – National 5

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software
  • Extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols, and conventions where these apply
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

Graphic Communication - Higher

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software
  • Creativity in the production of graphic communications to produce visual impact in meeting a specified purpose
  • Skills in evaluating the effectiveness of graphics in communicating and meeting their purpose
  • An understanding of graphic communication standards protocols and conventions, where these apply
  • An understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

Practical Metalworking

Practical Metalworking – National 4

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in metalworking techniques
  • Skills in measuring and marking out metal sections and sheet materials
  • Safe working practices in workshop environments
  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context

Practical Metalworking – National 5

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in metalworking techniques
  • Skills in measuring out and marking metal sections and sheet materials
  • Safe working practices in workshop environments
  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context

Practical Woodworking

Practical Woodworking – National 4

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in woodworking techniques
  • Skills in measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials
  • Safe working practices in workshop environments
  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context

Practical Woodworking – National 5

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Skills in woodworking techniques
  • Skills in measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials
  • Safe working practices in workshop environments
  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context