Design and Technology



The Design and Technology area brings together a set of subject areas with differing histories and traditions all sharing an interest in effective design and practical experience in the use of a variety of materials.

Subjects offered by the Design and Technology faculty provide opportunities for students to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills that can be transferred to everyday living and work environments.

Students are required to manage resources and to initiate and adapt to change. They are challenged to develop skills of critical thinking and problem solving, allowing them to make informed decisions, communicate effectively and work cooperatively to meet their needs.  Students follow the design process and are involved in designing, making and appraising their projects and developing portfolios of work samples.

While this subject area is based around practical work, literacy and numeracy skills are reinforced and applied in real life situations.

Years 7 and 8

Students are introduced to the subject area in Year 7.  They spend a term working in Woodwork, Plastics and Metalwork where they learn about safety in the workshop and develop skills in the use of equipment to complete projects such as a breadboard, pencil box and toolbox.  The subjects offered are Wood Technology and Metal Technology.

Years 9 and 10

A diverse range of subjects are offered to students in Years 9 and 10.  Students have the opportunity to elect to do a range of related subjects and work on enhancing their skills in a specific area, or they may develop a range of skills through studying unrelated subjects.  All courses have a strong design element and are practically based.  Students must elect at least one technology subject during Years 9 and 10.   The subjects offered are Wood Technology and Metal Technology.

Years 11 and 12

Upper school students undertake their learning in the Busselton Trade Training Centre facilities.  Subjects offered are:

  • Manufacturing Studies MIS – Certificate II Engineering and Certificate II Building Construction

  • Building Construction Pathways Certificate II

 All students attend workplace learning at 55 hours per semester.


Career Pathways

  • Working with upper school students towards employment in the construction and engineering arena

  • Apprenticeshipsin carpentry, electrical, bricklaying, tiling, plastering, plumbing, welding, mechanics, fitting and turning and sheet metal

  • Working with Registered Training Organisations: Skillhire and Tom Price & Sons to gain more employability skills


Design and Technology Highlights

  • Involved in Busselton SHS's achievement of VET School of the Year

  • Worksafe and Department of Education training facility

  • Access to the Busselton Trade Training Centre (TTC) (rated as one of the best training facilities in the state)

  • Students involved in forklift tickets, working at heights, scaffolding and confined spaces in the TTC

  • Four fully equipped workshops for the lower school

  • Computer aided design is delivered to all students in upper school

  • We are a Teacher Development School

  • We have local industry support


Design and Technology Aims

Our department aims to have all students:

  • Work in a safe environment

  • Endeavour to gain life skills

  • Achieve their Certificate II qualification and graduate

  • Have access to industry qualified instructors and the latest equipment offered in the industry

  • Work ready and employed locally