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Design Technology

The Design Technology course is taught at Higher and Standard level, and will suit students who are highly motivated and can work in a more independent way.

The curriculum differs from the other group 4 models as this subject contains a Design Project, which is unique to Design Technology. All pupils study core knowledge, in addition to which they can specialise in either Resistant Materials or Textiles Technology.

The IB Diploma Programme Design Technology course incorporates skills, knowledge and design principals in a problem solving context, whilst at the same time maximising the use of local and readily available resources. This course assumes no previous experience in either designing or design technology. As part of group 4 it is expected you will have a grade 6 or higher in at least two sciences. The course aids students to adapt to new skills and relevant techniques to identify the important elements and crucially to create a valuable solution.



Internal Assessment

Total Hours


90 hours

60 hours

150 hours


144 hours

96 hours

240 hours

Theory (Core)

  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Resource management and sustainable production
  • Modelling
  • Raw materials to final product
  • Innovation and design
  • Classic design

The design cycle is at the core of the course.

All students will use this process in practical investigatory work as well as in their theory. Additional for Higher Level students (AHL) are:

  • User – centred design (UCD)
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation and markets
  • Commercial production

Internal Assessment:

  • A group 4 project
  • A mixture of short- and/ or long term investigations
  • The design project ~ worth 40% of final assessment can be explored through any design media including Food

The project is part of all aspects of this course and its purpose it to ensure that students gain a greater understanding of the subject by using both practical and design skills; the project will be integrated into theories learnt.

Each candidate must compile a log book which should be a record of how the design project developed and give an insight into the candidate’s thoughts and actions throughout the development period. The log book which is not formally assessed should include: design ideas/sketches/evaluations/notes on meetings and information found/ details of decisions taken during the project

Design Technology interfaces well between the Sciences and the Arts; the knowledge base would links well to Science and the creative flair to the Arts.