Design Technology

Design Technology is an exciting, practical based subject where students experience hands on learning, creating projects to take home. Students are guided through the design process in a safe workshop environment where their individual progress and development is encouraged. The areas of learning available to students include:

  • Woodwork
  • Metalwork
  • Doorways 2 Construction
  • Jewlery Making
  • Design, Tech & Engineering.


Design Technology programs in Years 7 to 10 are based on the Australian Curriculum and encompasses philosophies of holistic learning, intercultural learning and communicating in a technological environment.

Students in the Senior School gain accreditation towards their SACE certificate as well as VET qualifications if undertaking a Vocational Pathway (Doorways 2 Construction). Senior students select an area of learning that may relate to their future pathway. Within their chosen subject, they will be given a construction task and use the design process to construct a major project which satisfies the design brief.


Design Technology subjects at Senior School may assist students to gain employment in the construction industry or to undertake future studies at TAFE.


DOORWAYS 2 CONSTRUCTION - Certificate1 in Construction

The D2C program runs 1 day a week for a full year. Students work off-site renovating a Housing SA house gaining skills and knowledge of the construction industry and completing their Certificate 1 in Construction. They must also complete 4 weeks of structured Work Placement throughout the year. Whilst renovating the house, students experience:

  • Demolition
  • Carpentry skills
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Plasterboard fixing and flushing
  • Painting and decorating
  • Concreting
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Landscaping

Senior Students may choose to do the D2C to gain knowledge of the construction industry and increase their prospects of employment.

DOORWAYS 2 CONSTRUCTION PLUS - Certificate 3 in Construction Training

The D2C plus is open to students that have completed their Certificate 1 in Construction (D2C). The program runs 1 day a week for a full year and allows students to start Certificate 3 in a Construction pathway. D2C plus students work predominately in the Salisbury High School Trade Centre and complete modules towards their Certificate 3. Areas covered throughout the year will include:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Plant and machinery
  • Site layout
  • Scaffolding
  • Reading and interpreting plans
  • Concreting and Formwork
  • Advanced trade skills

Accreditation for work completed will count towards their SACE stage 2 units. Students have to complete 20 days of Work Placement throughout the year.