Year 12 Subjects – Design and Technology - Material Products 2

Level: Stage 2
Prerequisites: Design & Technology Stage 1
Assumed knowledge: Design & Technology Stage 1

Course Summary

Design and Technology is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

Key tasks are; Investigation, Planning, Producing and Evaluating. Students design and create products developing their knowledge and skills associated with using different processes and production techniques. They work with a range of machines, tools, materials, equipment, and components to a high degree of precision to make high-quality products for intended purposes, while implementing safe working practices. They make sound decisions about materials and techniques, based on their testing and understanding of the physical properties and working characteristics of materials. Students investigate and critically analyse a range of products, processes, and production techniques used in industrial situations. This information is used to create potential solutions through the design and creation of products. Students identify demands on their design, taking cost, time and materials management, ethical, cultural, and environmental issues into account. They explain how their ideas address these demands, and use their analysis to produce proposals for the present and future.

The learning requirements for Stage 2 Design and Technology emphasise the importance of the design process as a preliminary to the realisation process.

Course Content

Material Products – students use a range of manufacturing technologies such as tools, machines, equipment, and/or systems to design and make products with resistant materials. Contexts include wood. A product is the outcome of applying technological skills to meet the requirements of their design brief created in response to an identified need, problem, or challenge, and then validated.


  • Two production tasks from working drawings (5% ea.) 10%
  • Materials Investigation: 10%
  • Folio: Design brief, investigation of ideas and planning of own product, including investigation of issue related to product and Evaluation of finished project. This includes an analysis of the impact of the product or system, and/or technologies related to it, on the individual, society, and/or the environment 30%
  • Produce item designed in the Folio and present a Product Record of annotated images of progress 50%