Design and Technology

Aims of the 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. D. Stewart – Depute Head Teacher

Mr. C. Stewart - (Acting) Depute Head Teacher / Principal Teacher (Subject)

Mr. A. MacPherson - (Acting) Principal Teacher (Subject)

Miss. A. M. McKenzie – Principal Teacher (Pastoral Care)

Mr. G. Agnew -Teacher

Mr. R. MacLennan – Teacher (0.4)

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