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Design, Technology and Engineering Stage 2
Subject outline

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For teaching in 2024. Accredited in November 2018 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2020. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by: 

  • teachers to clarify for the student what they need to learn 
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement. 

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that: 

  • students should demonstrate in their learning 
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements. 

For this subject the assessment design criteria are: 

  • Investigation and Analysis 
  • Design Development and Planning 
  • Production 
  • Evaluation. 

The specific features of these criteria are described below. 

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 

Investigation and Analysis

The specific features are as follows:

I1 Analyse the design features of products, processes, materials, systems, and/or production techniques.
I2 Analyse ethical, legal, economic, and/or sustainability issues related to a solution.

Design Development and Planning

The specific features are as follows:

D1 Communicate design concepts using technical language and visual representations. 
D2 Plan, develop, test, and validate concepts and procedures.  


The specific features are as follows:

P1 Application of skills, processes, procedures, and techniques to create a solution. 
P2 Development of solutions to technical problems or recommendations for improvement.


The specific features are as follows:

E1 Evaluation of the solution features, realisation process, and/or response to issues.