Hallett Cove School offers students a diverse range of Technologies subjects for students to immerse themselves in. Students have opportunities to develop skills in design and product realisation, preparing them for careers in the Trades, design, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Students have access to our dedicated design and manufacturing space including;

  • Advanced Manufacturing Suite
  • Photography Studio
  • Timber Solutions Workshop
  • Metal Solutions Workshop
  • Materials Workshop
  • Information Technology Suites

Technologies provides a flexible framework that encourages students to be creative, innovative and enterprising in their chosen context. They apply critical problem-solving skills and incorporate technologies to address design problems and challenges. This subject area incorporates the transfer of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge, promoting individualised and inquiry-based learning. Technologies provides opportunities for students to apply engineering processes and use new and evolving technologies.

Advanced Manufacturing

Technologies has a dedicated Advanced Manufacturing Suite, where students have opportunities to design using the latest CAD software and manufacture their products using the processes of;

  • Laser cutting
  • 3D Printing
  • Profile Cutting
  • CNC Routing
  • CNC Milling
  • Vinyl Cutting

The combining of these manufacturing techniques allows students to produce items to a high quality, using industry standard manufacturing techniques that while take into account sustainability and aesthetical considerations. Additionally, students learn how microprocessors function, integrating sensors, outputs and data representations to enhance product functionality.

Material Solutions
The Material Solutions 7-12 subjects, develop in-depth knowledge of manufacturing technologies and practical skills. These subjects use practical tasks to develop creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students access our collaborative work spaces, progressively learning increasingly more complex design and manufacturing processes. In these courses, students have opportunities to design their own products using a variety of tools and process.

Students begin their Material Solutions journey in year 7-9, developing their core skills in using design software and workshop tools in Material Technologies. Students get access to a range of tools and processes, manipulating timber, metal and plastic products. In years 10-12, students can specialise in Timber Solutions or Metal Solutions with the option of completing a full year course in both disciplines for those students who like to learn in a hands-on context. 



Photography 8-12 is a highly creative, hands on subject.  Students learn how images are used as a communication tool. Students study both commercial and hobby based photography. The courses include shooting techniques like sports, night, astro-photography, aerial, special effects, landscape, portraiture, still life and photo booths. Students will also learn artistic and creative techniques to make surreal images with masking. The courses are based around producing photographs using professional camera and studio equipment.


Architecture is a design based course that explores the many facets of Architecture, including building design, interior design and landscape design. Through the years 8-12, students develop their skills in using industry standard software to design spaces that meet and exceed client expectations. The use of digital assets to create realism is a focus in all courses, as students develop their abilities in applying textures, lighting and components to produce digital renders that are of photo quality.



Pre-trades is offered in year 10 and provides studens with an opportunity to undertake plumbing, paving, and timber construction projects that will be completed in our work shop, or ‘on site’ around the school. Additional opportunities to develop your metal, tiling, electrical and concreting skills may occur within pre-trades classes too.

This is a practical hands on course, where you will be given the opportunity to work independently, and with your peers, replicating scenarios that you will face in your apprenticeship. The mode of assessment is reflective of a Vocational Education Course. Students learn to use a variety of hand tools, machinery and processes that help to build a foundation of skills that can be highlighted in an employment portfolio. This portfolio can use to showcase skill progressions and assist with securing an apprenticeship in the future.