The Design and Technology faculty at St Andrew’s is a forward-thinking department that is focused on providing learning experiences that build essential skills for modern life. The department incorporates design, craft, and graphic skills, so it is a diverse and interesting place to learn.

We cover subjects that are focused on the creation of items that solve problems, like:

  • 3D designed products
  • 2D/3D designed graphics
  • Crafted products in Wood , Metal and plastics
  • Designed & Manufactured products 

The faculty offers a wide range of subjects, with pupils getting a wide range of experiences in S1 and S2 that prepare them for more specialised work, firstly at the end of the BGE phase in S3 then into certificated subjects in S4/5/6:

  • S1/2/3 Design and Technology BGE (Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture, Practical Craft)
  • Design and Manufacture (National 4 & 5 and Higher)
  • Graphic Communication (National 4 & 5 and Higher)
  • Practical Woodworking (National 4 & 5)
  • Practical Metalworking  (National 4 & 5)

To do this we utilise a huge range of technologies as tools, ranging from the most basic hand tools to high level Computer Graphic. Our focus is building the skills of our pupils in the use of these ‘tools’ to solve problems in the best way possible and to build on skills that will enable young people to enter the word of work with confidence and a wide range of abilities..

Our teachers have a vast range of experience which they draw upon when working with pupils. We have experience from product design, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, graphics, architecture, industries, as well as a huge amount of experience in learning and education.

Broad General Education: S1 - S3

First to Third Year: Broad General Education

Course Content

In S1, S2 and S3, our pupils will be taught and practice a variety of skills relating to Design and Technology Education.  Pupils will manufacture solutions to everyday problems through a series of relevant and interesting projects.  The pupils will be taught how to follow the ‘Design Process’ to produce personalised artefacts.  They will also learn skills and knowledge relating to working with wood, metal and plastics. The Technical department also combines Graphic Communication skills with computer Autodesk Inventor software, 3D Computer Modelling and Desktop Publishing.

Context for Learning

Curriculum for Excellence in the Design and Technology faculty focuses on several key areas of learning:  basic engineering principles, designing, product evaluation, materials, manufacturing, manual Graphic/Technical Drawing and computer aided design/manufacture.

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 evaluation of materials /products /models 
  • Apply safe working practices in a workshop or similar environment
  • Develop knowledge of materials, tools, machinery, processes and engineering terms.


Co-operative learning within our projects provide opportunities for pupils to identify strengths in themselves and others.    Through teamwork, pupils will work towards a common goal while learning vital social skills and taking an active role.

AiFL techniques help pupils to become successful learners.  This is done by allowing pupils the chance to identify the best way for them to learn.  Pupils also play a part in deciding on how to identify what they are good at and how to improve   ‘weaknesses’ in the future.

Practical work remains integral to the Design and Technology faculty department.  As such, we have two workshops which allow pupils to use tools, power tools and machines to manufacture products.  Active tasks are widely enjoyed by all our pupils and also provide a degree of exercise at times!

The Design and Teachnology faculty uses several ICT resources in the delivery and content of our courses.  We use CAD software, Printers, Scanners and digital cameras etc. and as such are one of the key subjects in driving forward practical application of ICT.