Technology / Engineering Careers

A post KeyStage 3 qualification in Technology & Design and/or Engineering combined with other supporting subject choices opens the door to a wide array of potential future careers for students. Whilst the coursework units of work compiled at both GCSE and A Level also provide students with valuable portfolio material, which can be taken to university interviews as evidence of design or manufacturing competency.

Career areas applicable to students who study Technology & Design or Engineering include: –

Mechanical Engineering Architecture Advertising
Industrial Design Electronic Engineering Interior Design
Packaging Design Materials Science Graphic Design
Product Design Civil Engineering Marketing
Teaching Furniture Design Art and Design
Town Planning Quantity Surveying Construction
Technology and Design Joinery Project Planning


The Technology & Design Department actively promotes the benefits of a STEM based career within regular classroom teaching through the use of:

  • Careers information on notice boards throughout the department.
  • The Yr10 Technology/Engineering based careers unit of work, where students explore possible STEM related careers along with a number of case studies highlighting the success of past students who have utilised the skills first acquired during their time studying Technology & Design / Engineering at Dalriada and its relevance to their current STEM related career.

The staff within the Technology & Design department in conjunction with their counterparts in the Careers Department, actively encourage the best A-Level Technology & Design / Engineering Students to apply for STEM related bursaries, when pursing a place in tertiary education. Current bursary opportunities include:

  • Nuffield Engineering Bursary: This bursary takes the form of summer employment opportunities for students interested in an Engineering based career.
  • Queen’s STEM Bursary: The Technology and Design department staff encourage our best A-Level students apply for these bursaries, in the form of a £1000 Scholarship for students who enrol in a STEM subject, make Queen’s their firm choice on their UCAS application and attain a minimum of three ‘A’ grades at A-level (or equivalent).