Garin College Garin College

Level 3 Materials and Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Anderson, K. Jacobs.

Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is to study an NCEA Level 2 Technology and gain 12 credits or more. Entry without meeting this can be discussed with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty

This course culminates 4 years of prior knowledge to develop students learning as closely as possible replicating real life technological practice. Students will be self-directed, imaginative, ethical, collaborative thinkers, with the skills and experiences to work through complex situations and involve others in their problem-solving and solutions. A commitment to independent study and skill development is a must.

Skills will include the implementation of complex procedures, understanding of material development and developing a prototype within a determined context.

Students will undertake a combination of Achievement Standards from Generic Technology and the Specialist Categories of Technological Knowledge and Skills. Students will typically work on 2 major projects over the course of the year. Scholarship can also be attempted in all Technology subjects.

Alternative Standard

A.S. 91627 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.30 - Initiate design ideas through exploration - 4 credits, external

This standard could be taken as an alternative to one of the internals listed below, with consultation with the teacher. This would make the course eligible for endorsement



Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$130 for materials. Additional cost may be incurred with complex projects.


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

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.