Year 12 – 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.

Students develop design briefs, demonstrating their design and technological ability through activities in contexts that have a practical outcome. They make sound decisions about materials and techniques, based on their testing and understanding of the physical properties and working characteristics of materials. Students identify product characteristics and make critical judgments about the design and creation of products and systems.

They work with a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components to a high degree of precision, while implementing safe working practices. They demonstrate an understanding of the needs and values of a range of users to design and create products or systems that fit an identified design brief. They develop their ability to evaluate outcomes against the design brief.

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 and systems. Students identify demands on their design, taking cost, 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.

A product or system is the outcome of applying technological skills to meet the requirements of a design brief created in response to an identified need, problem, or challenge, and then validated.

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.


  • 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%