Level 3 Digital Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Dewhurst

Students will start by reflecting upon their interests and successes of the past years in order to identify an area of interest to them and one which provides an appropriate opportunity to explore a complex digital procedure. They will then research and outline the problems they plan to address and present this in the form of a design brief. The design brief  must state specifically how they plan to implement this procedure and how the outcome will perform. The prototype must be developed to the point at which it can be evaluated in the environment for which it was intended and with those for which it was intended. The prototype may be any of the following:

  • Electronics and control
  • Programming or database
  • Multimedia outcome or Website 

Special attention must be paid to, life span or sustainability of the outcome. Once the outcome has been evaluated in an authentic manner a reflective analysis may be written which explains the processes followed and decisions made. This will provide evidence for the external standard to be submitted in Term 4.   

Scholarship can also be attempted in all Technology subjects.  

Term 2-3 – Develop a complex electronics outcome or computer program or digital media outcome  (alternative options)

Term 4 – Analyse an area of Computer Science

There will be a course contribution of $15 for the year.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Brief Development and exploring of ideas

Term 2
Develop a prototype of a digital outcome

Term 3
Evaluate a prototype for a digital outcome

Term 4
Present a summary of the development process

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$30 course consumables, software licensing, stakeholder costs, electronic components.

Entry Guidelines

Success in the range of advanced digital procedures such as electronics, programming and website design explored during the Level 2 course is considered essential. 

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91611 v3 Generic Technology 3.4 - Develop a prototype considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense
A.S. 91901 v1 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.2 - Apply user experience methodologies to develop a design for a digital technologies outcome
A.S. 91903 v1 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.4 - Use complex techniques to develop a digital media outcome
A.S. 91909 v1 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.10 - Present a reflective analysis of developing a digital outcome
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 6

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.

Pathway Tags

Accountant, Accounts Officer, Advertising, Auditor, Biomedical Engineer, Business Analyst, Computer Support Technician, Contact Centre Worker, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Database/Systems Administrator, Electronics Engineer, Energy Auditor, Financial Adviser, Financial Dealer, Game Developer, Helpdesk/Support Technician, Information Technology Architect, Information and Communication Technology Manager, Loss Adjuster, Management Consultant, Manager Marketing, Mortgage Broker, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Procurement Manager, Production Manager, Programmer, Real Estate Agent, Sales and Marketing, Software Architect, Systems Administrator, Telecommunications Engineer, Tertiary Lecturer, Test Analyst, Web Designer, Web Developer, Website Administrator


An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.