NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies - Computer and Electrical Engineering

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Creighton

Recommended Prior Learning

Any student will have the opportunity to enter this course (regardless of their current knowledge or skill sets), as the course will initially teach and assess essential skills.

NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies - Computer and Electrical Engineering

This is a Digital Technologies course for students wanting to specialise in designing, modifying, hacking, and creating digital hardware, electronics and computer system. This course will encourage students to understand how modern computer-controlled electronic devices work by building and programming their own. 


This is a practically focused STEM based course, with students learning about programmable electronic devices such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and how they can be used to monitor and control the world around them, as well as how the systems communicate effectively. Students will then develop a project based on their interests and abilities and apply those practical and problem-solving components. These outcomes can be put forward for Science Fair or other Technology Competitions.

Students will have field trips to the University of Canterbury and/or Ara Institute of Technology to supplement their learning in authentic environments. The course will also include other skills like design construction, 3D printing and 3D modelling, electronics, programming, computer system assembly and embedded systems.

This course will develop time-management, organisational, communication and electronic design skills. Students are expected to work both individually and in groups as well as participating in extension activities and outside the classroom learning opportunities.

The students have access to a separate dedicated Electronics Lab

Students have access to Laser cutters, 3D Printers, Vacuum Formers and CNC machining.

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Computer and Electrical Engineering, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Interactive Game Design, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Product & Digital Design, NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering, technology, programming, IT

Career Pathways

Aeronautical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Product Assembler, Software Developer, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Automotive Electrician, Automotive Technician, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Information Technology Manager, Technical Writer, Electronics Trades Worker, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Information Technology Architect, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Test Analyst

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Project costs are estimated at $50. Students wishing pursue options with more expensive components will need to fund or source these themselves.

Students need to supply there own batteries, headphones, USB key and SD card.