Practical Subjects


Design and Technology

Mr F. Makuwerere 
Teacher Design & Technology (Graphic Products)
B.Ed.TG (UZ), CE.

Mr C. Sigauke (H.O.D.)
Teacher D & T (Resistant Materials)
MSc. Natural Resources Management 
(BUSE), BSc Geo & Env. Studies, CE (UZ)


Mrs R. Saunyama

Teacher: BA Ed (Hons) - Africa University.


 Mr. M. Mutenje
 Agriculture Teacher (BSc. Agriculture (Hons) Grad CE


Practical Subjects Department
What an exciting time lies ahead for you! Your primary, lower and middle school career is nearly at an end and you are about to decide on your future career – one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It will not only determine your future education and career, but will also influence your personal development and growth as an individual. Moreover, it will equip you to play your part in creating a stronger and better Zimbabwe for all. Our youth and their practical subjects’ education – in an all embracing sense, lie very close to the heart of Hillcrest College, Mutare.

We are one of the largest departments at Hillcrest College, reflecting more choices, opportunities and greater diversity. The department offers a comprehensive range of learning courses which are career-oriented such as Agriculture, Art and Design, Design and Technology (Graphic Products and Resistant Materials) and Music. The department offers an environment in which pupils excel academically and intellectually, and in which they are encouraged to develop into confident balanced individuals.

Design and Technology

Two options are offered that is, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials from Form 1 up to Upper Six. Pupils can choose the Graphic Products option which appeals to those who enjoy drawing, graphic design work and making architectural and other models. The Resistant Materials option is more of a hands-on approach using metal, wood and plastics. The two options seek to impart knowledge on design in everyday life, basic principles and uses of technology in products, and how designs can impact on our environment. Several useful methods of communicating design ideas, including the use of isometric and orthographic drawings, are covered. The course incorporates the use of the technological components with the common or smart materials which are used in realisation of products. Information on tools, equipment and processes involved in making of products is also of

paramount importance in this course. Coursework is a major component of Design & Technology with 50% of the final examination marks being allocated to a major project which is tackled mainly during the second year of IGCSE.  
Reasonable steps have been taken to include industrial practices, CAD/CAM and ICT in the learning of Design and Technology. After this course, pupils can pursue degree programmes in Engineering and Technology, Civil Technology, Mechanical Technology, Engineering- Graphics and Design, Three Dimensional/Industrial Design, Jewellery Design and Manufacture, Surveying and Education.
In addition to classroom lessons, our pupils are exposed to field/educational trips and exhibitions.
Practical Lessons enable our pupils to use a variety of equipment in the workshop.
A pupil cutting with a jig saw

                          Working on a Pillar drill

Using a router

Use of ICT in Design & Technology lessons.

Educational Trips

Tour of Megapak Plastics- Harare.


What is Music?

Martin Luther King Jr. described Music as “a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.” Music at Hillcrest College has become, for the students, more than a subject, but a defining element of character.

What We Offer
In our curriculum, students have the opportunity to take up Music as a subject from Form 1 to Form 4, and will eventually write the IGCSE Ordinary Level Music exam.

Please say something about Simba Mate recordings, and the equipment you have in the department. You never know some good Samaritan might come through with more equipment.


Agriculture is a diversified subject encompassing the production of livestock and crops that benefits man. It involves knowledge of land, land use and management. It also deals with aspects of storage, processing and marketing.
Hillcrest College offers Agriculture as a practical subject from Form 1 to 4. At Form 1 and 2, the syllabus covers an introductory course to Cambridge IGCSE Agriculture. Pupils who take up the subject at IGCSE level develop an ability to apply a scientific approach to the study of topics such as crop and livestock husbandry, farm structures and machinery and agricultural economics. Consequently, students gain a positive insight into farming and rural development.
Cambridge IGCSE Agriculture is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the subject. Agriculture as an applied science enables pupils to learn basic agricultural principles and skills through practical experience. The Cambridge IGCSE qualification enables the candidate to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed for further qualifications.

Besides classroom activities, we have organised field trips where pupils see agriculture in action.

Art at Hillcrest College

At Hillcrest College Art is taught from Form I through to Upper Six.

Form 1 and 2 classes lay the groundwork for the 2 year IGCSE course which begins in Form 3. Successful students who attain a good pass may go on to attempt AS and A Level Art, a further 2 years.

The aim in general is to develop artistic abilities, promote individual thinking and inspire creativity. By developing both visual and verbal communication skills students will learn to artistically express their own opinions and feelings.

The practical aspect of the course is emphasised, but students are challenged to research and familiarise themselves with cultural, historical and contemporary

references to their studies and their imagery. They will also learn an appreciation of solving practical design problems.

The course provides an opportunity to discover the many varied facets of art. They are encouraged to push boundaries, experiment deeply and develop their own individual styles. It is an excellent grounding for students who are considering any branch of art as a career either fine art or design orientated.
Candidates should be able to work in a self directed and motivated way, and they must be prepared to put in a great deal of work outside of time-tabled lessons. Hard work and co-operation between students and teachers is essential.
The Art Department aims to have both an art trip and an exhibition once a year.