Design, Creativity and Technology

Years 7 to 10

A broad range of Materials and Systems technologies is offered to students. Our courses have been reviewed and rewritten in the light of the requirements of the The Australian Curriculum in Victoria (AusVELS). Technology is well supported by the College and we have excellent workshops which allow us to facilitate Systems-Automotive and Electronics, Materials-Wood, Metal and Plastics as well as Food Technology and Textiles Technology.

Our Courses

Our students have every opportunity to be involved in exciting, hands on learning experiences. A core program of Units is offered to Year 7. After this time students select their Technology units according to their interest. They learn to create meals for different occasions and differing human needs. They design surface finishes for fabrics, metal, plastic and timber. With skill, they create functional products that meet the needs of a Design Brief. Methods of joining materials and combining foods are learned. Design work is carried out using a variety of innovative mediums such as  Laser Cutting, Pro-Desktop, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other creative software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Safe and hygienic work practices are stressed at all levels. Students must be in school uniform with correct footwear, sturdy leather shoes with a strong sole and heel. Machine skills are developed under close supervision. Students participate in visits to sites such as a timber mill, food processing plants, designer’s studio, Design exhibitions at Victorian State Galleries and the Melbourne Museum. Students learn to respect the natural and human environment by being thoughtful in their selection of materials or ingredients and construction or preparation of products. They learn that there is more to a successful product than the skills used in production. It must be aesthetically pleasing, be safe and meet the needs for which it is designed. It must be produced with due thought to minimising wastage, avoiding risks during production, use and disposal. Students study mechanical, electronic and pneumatic systems. They work on a variety of motors and explore the workings of machines.

In the Classrooms

Please refer the 2022 Berwick College Junior School Curriculum Guide or 2022 Berwick College Senior School Curriculum Guide for more detailed information about each of the Units offered at different levels.

Food Technology

Three fully equipped kitchens, placed either side of a dining room cater beautifully for our students. Units are designed to meet the needs and interests of student. Changing nutritional needs of people throughout their life are balanced by the delights of baking, catering and decorating. Students travel the tables of the globe and learn about different cultures, their foods and cooking methods. Recipes are researched, menus are designed, food orders prepared, meals are cooked, feasts and baked products devoured with enthusiasm.

The textures, taste and visual appearance of food products are evaluated. Kitchen safety and food handling hygiene are taught and observed. Students gain catering experience first hand by running a restaurant in the dining area for their friends, staff and parents. Food Technology remains a very popular subject for students at all levels.

Materials Technology

Three multipurpose workshops areas are set up to cater for students using a variety of materials including timber, metal, plastics, found and recycled materials. Welding and soldering facilities are used by students in specially designed booths. Extraction fans and spray booths are used. Computer Aided Design (CAD) can be incorporated into practical tasks with the use of Pro-desktop, Sketchup and Illustrator which is used with our Laser cutter. We have recently fitted three new computer aided lathes and a three axis mill. A specialist teacher with trade experience provides expertise in the operation of these technologically advanced pieces of equipment.

In the Technology area at Berwick College we are very fortunate to have received a Government grant to upgrade the engineering equipment.

This included the purchase of three new centre lathes with digital readouts.

A horizontal / vertical Milling machine with and indexing head and again fitted with digital readouts.

These acquisitions have allowed the College to introduce VET Engineering studies in to the curriculum and allow our students to gain valuable experience in the manufacturing of a range of hand tools. These skills are similar to that gained at TAFE by a first year Fitting and Turning Apprentice.

In the junior years, Years 8, 9 and 10 students work on a range of products that reflect the aspects described in a design brief.

Systems Technology

Our materials rooms also serve as practical spaces for mechanical systems classes.  Another specialised room is set up and equipped for electrical and electronics studies. It has etching tank facilities for making circuit boards and fixed computers for running crocodile clips, Sketchup and Lego robotics software. A trolley of laptops is available for the use of Systems classes. In addition a roof mounted multi-media projector provides convenient access to instructional videos and teachers’ presentations which enrich the learning experiences and enhance the students understanding of mechanical systems.

Automotive Systems

A specialised automotive workshop has been constructed using funds generated by the College. It has three bays suitable for working on vehicles as well as a two, two post vehicle hoists. Ample lock up storage is available for tools and small motors. Exhaust extraction units are fitted to engines on stands and complete vehicles can be garaged when the facility is not in use. Vehicles are obtained by donation. Students in Year 9 and 10 are selecting Automotive Systems in ever increasing numbers. The Automotive workshop is also used by Technical and Further Education (TAFE) staff to provide vocational certificates on Wednesdays and Fridays. There is an adjoining classroom for theoretical component of the courses.

Textiles Technology

Two well equipped rooms house our textiles classes. An exciting variety of printing and dyeing techniques are used to embellish the surface of fabrics. A recently remodelled dye-shop and laundry between the textile rooms ensures that students in both class rooms have easy access. With a design brief as a starting point, students are challenged to design and make garments and other products. Both rooms are well equipped with sewing machines, overlockers, ironing presses and all the small tools and equipment associated with textile and garment production. Each room has a storage unit of 14 laptops with design soft wear, a scanner and printer. Students use traditional design methods and ICT to create original designs in response to the brief before trialing, planning and commencing their production work.

Wood Technology

We have two well-equipped Wood Technology classrooms and an extensive machine room adjacent to the classrooms. Students progressively learn how to safely use various fixed equipment such as to lathes, belt/disc linishers, spindle sanders, router tables, pedestal drills and mortise. Students are also instructed on the safe use of hand held powered tools including biscuit cutters, drills and orbital sanders.

A trolley of laptops is on hand for the use of design software as well as word processing which are vital components of Design Folio development and presentation drawings especially at more senior levels.

Senior Students

A comprehensive description of Units offered to senior students can be found on this web site in the 2022 Berwick College Senior School Curriculum Guide.

Students in Year 10 and 11 who show a specific aptitude and desire may fast track into Year 11 and 12 Units if they have a recommendation to do so by their teacher. Students may select Technology Units towards their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

  • VCE Product Design and Technology Units 1 to 4 (Wood, Materials or Textiles)
  • VCE Food      Technology Units 1 to 4

Vocational Education – Technology Offerings

Students may choose to complete Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificates offered in a range of Technology areas. These can be taken as part of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or be incorporated into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Many VET certificate courses offered at this college, these are listed in the Curriculum Guide on this web site. They include but are not limited to:-Plumbing, Building and Construction, Electronics, Clothing Production and Engineering.


Technology Domain Leader
Ms Carla Diaz
(03) 8768 1000