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Business, Computing and Technical Education

The Curriculum Group is made up of the departments of Computing, Business Education and Technical.

Subjects Taught:


Mr C Smith - Principal Teacher
Miss A Collett (Computing Science)
Mr E Farquharson (Technical Education)
Ms J Gregory (Business Education)
Vacancy (Technical Education)

Broad General Education Technologies (S1-S3)

The Technologies Curriculum Group offers a large range of subjects at Brechin High School across the three departments of Business Education, Computing and Technical. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and aimed to enable pupils of various ages, interests and abilities to achieve their potential. The range of subjects we offer is listed below:

  Year Business Computing Technical
Junior Phase S1 ICT Technical
S2 ICT Technical
S3 Business Management
Administration & IT
Computing Science & ICT Graphic Communication
Design & Manufacture
Practical Craft (Woodwork)
Senior Phase S4/5/6 Administration & IT
Business Management
Computing Science Graphic Communication
Design & Manufacture
Practical Woodworking

In S1 and S2 pupils undertake a common ICT course and common Technical course and then from S3 pupils are introduced to Department lead subjects and then in S4 onwards a comprehensive range of subjects across the three departments are on offer.

During the construction on our new school the resources available to Technical have been limited due to our workshops having to be moved into existing school classrooms.  This reduction in space and equipment has reduced the range of activities that pupils could experience.  After moving to the new campus in February 2016 we will have access to the full range of equipment.  The department will be fully equipped with 2 general purpose workshops and a graphics room. 

New equipment in the department includes 3 metalwork lathes, 1 wood turning lathe, 1 forge, 1 welding bench and screen, 1 mortising machine, 2 pillar drills, 1 CNC router with F1 in schools fixture, 1 Metal Bandsaw, C-VAC Extraction System, 1 Planner/Thicknesser.


Common ICT Course

The ICT course introduces pupils to school based software to enhance their learning across all subjects.  This is taught by both the Business and Computing departments.


In S1 and S2 all pupils study a broad ranging course combining elements of Craft, Design, Graphics, and Technological Developments in Society.  Each project follows an integrated approach with pupils experiencing elements of the wide range of skills and knowledge from Craft, Design, Graphics, and Technological Developments in Society within the context of a single project.

Learning and teaching is focussed around the principles of active and collaborative learning with pupils encouraged to take responsibility for their progress. To this end, self and peer assessment strategies are employed to empower pupils to evaluate their performance, set targets for development, and plan for future success.

At the end of S2 pupils are asked to personalise their curriculum for S3 where they may continue into one of three Design and Technology subjects: Design & Practical Skills and/or Graphics.




Business Education

Pupils consider environmental, ethical and social implications of business organisations both locally and nationally.
Pupils investigate the various types of business organisations that exist both locally and nationally including multi-nationals, public sector organisations and charities.
Pupils further investigate the internal organisation of the various business enterprises looking into Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Production.
Pupils select and use specialist equipment and appropriate software to develop administrative and management skills which can be transferred between classroom and the world of work.
Pupils work in a simulated workplace and can select and can carry out a range of tasks to support business and entrepreneurial activities and can examine work environment considering office layout, ergonomics and Health and Safety legislation.

Computing Science

Pupils explore ethical issues relating to business practice and gain understanding of how businesses satisfy needs
Pupils learn to use a variety of software to search, sort, calculated, retrieve and display information
Pupils develop administrative and entrepreneurial skills individually and collaboratively
Pupils can select and use various types of media to present and communicate business information


In S3 pupils have the option of choosing up to 3 Technical classes (2 periods per week) – Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture and Practical Woodworking.

Graphic Communication – pupils learn traditional drawing board skills completing orthographic drawings including sectional views.  Skills taught include sketching and rendering, CAD and CAD rendering, desktop publishing, 3D modelling and CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture)

Design and Manufacture – pupils learn about the design process including working to a brief, researching and developing ideas to a solution. Once designed pupils will make their chosen design and then evaluate. Topics include: ergonomics, design factors, sketching and communicating design features.

Practical Woodworking - pupils develop a range of woodwork skills and knowledge including Health and Safety, wood bench skills – measuring and marking out, cutting, shaping, assembling, joining and finishing


SQA Qualifications

Business Education

Business Management – N4, N5 & H
The Course introduces learners to the dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environment of industry and commerce. It develops skills in communicating and presenting business-related information, in a variety of formats, to the various stakeholders of an organisation.

The purpose of the Course is to highlight ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This purpose will be achieved through combining practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through the use of real-life business contexts. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained are embedded in current business practice and theory, and reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions, and their decision-making processes.

A main feature of this Course is the development of enterprising skills and employability skills.

Course Aims

Administration & IT - N4, N5 & H
The course enables learners to understand the nature of administration and to embrace and use IT in Administration-related contexts.

Course Aims

• The key purpose of this Course is to develop learners’ Administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations in administrative positions. The Course aims to enable learners to:
• develop an understanding of administration in the workplace and key legislation affecting both organisations and employees
• develop an understanding of good customer care and its benefits to organisations
• develop IT skills and use them to perform administrative tasks
• acquire organisational skills in the context of organising and supporting events

The Course contains a significant practical component, which involves experiential learning, encouraging the integration of skills, knowledge and understanding through practical activities. Its use of real-life contexts makes it relevant to the world of work and its uniqueness lies in enabling learners to work towards industry standard in IT in an Administration-related context.

Learners will also develop the skills, qualities and attributes to organise and support events.

Computing Science

Computing Science – N4, N5 & H
The Course provides an understanding of the technologies that underpin our modern, digital world and develops transferrable skills. It brings together elements of technology, science and creative digital media and has wide-ranging social implications, providing an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular learning in the senior phase.

Computing Science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is also vital to many other fields including science, economics, business and industry. While many learners will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from the development of these foundational skills and the underpinning knowledge necessary to meet the needs of society today and for the future.

Course Aims


Technical Education

Design and Manufacture – N4, N5, H & Adv
Graphic Communication – N4, N5, H & Adv
Graphic Communication is the study of using drawings, sketches and colour illustrations needed for clear and efficient communication. The course covers the use of technical graphics in education, construction, industry and commerce. Graphic Communication offers learners the opportunity to communicate in what is effectively an international language.

Practical Woodworking – N4, N5
In Practical Woodworking students learn and develop their practical skills in a workshop environment, utilising the highly versatile medium of wood. Students will learn how to read working drawings, and how to use hand and machine tools and processes to produce quality products within strict dimensional tolerances.
Skills developed in this course are transferable across the range of practical disciplines and provide a good grounding for students to progress into the further training and apprenticeships in the trades, and engineering industries.

The course is organised into the following structure:

For each project students will undertake a range of practice woodworking techniques before embarking on the main project activity. Students will also keep a log book to record workshop activities, knowledge gained, self evaluation targets, and assessment judgements.

Practical Metalworking (2016 onwards)

In order to provide greater choice for the pupils it is our intention to offer Practical Metalworking for S6 pupils from session 2016-17 onwards.