IB Design Technology: (HL and SL)

Course description

The goal of technological knowledge is the improvement of the condition of humankind. The method of developing technological knowledge is design, but there is no single design method – it depends on the nature of the problem to be solved or the opportunity to be realized. This course allows pupils to explore and study the Design process, the role of Designers, Product development and Product innovation as well as developing an understanding and knowledge of Materials and Green design. Pupils will undertake a series of practical and investigative tasks, as well as an individual design and make project identified by the pupils themselves. HL pupils would extend their SL course by studying User-centered design, Sustainability, Innovation and Markets and Commercial Production, their design project would be extended by working with an external client producing a commercially viable product. The course aims to develop creative problem-solvers who are able to respond critically and resourcefully to the demands of a technological society.

All HL and SL Design Technology pupils will study the SL Topic Titles, only HL pupils will study the HL Topic Titles.

Standard Level

  • Paper 1 (multiple choice examination) 30%
  • Paper 2 (examination of syllabus core) 30%
  • Internal Assessment (design project) 40%

Higher Level

  • Paper 1 (multiple choice examination) 20%
  • Paper 2 (examination of syllabus core) 20%
  • Paper 3 (examination of HL syllabus) 20%
  • Internal Assessment (design project) 40%

SL Topic Titles

  • Human Factors
  • Green and Eco-Design
  • Modelling
  • Materials
  • Production
  • Innovation and Design
  • Classic Design
  • Energy

HL Topic Titles

  • User-centered design
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation and Markets
  • Commercial Production


Design is studied at both SL and HL, but assumes no previous knowledge of Design Technology. However, pupils intending to study HL must have attained at least an A grade for GCSE Design and Technology. Pupils who have not studied GCSE Design and Technology may only take the subject at the HL by approval of the Head of Department.

Potential careers

Design Technology may lead to courses in architecture, design, furniture design, fashion, industrial design, interior design, materials science, transport design, advertising, marketing, buying, textiles technology, product design and engineering.

Contact for further information

Mr JA Inglis: jai@wellingtoncollege.org.uk