Design Engineering & Technology at Kirkcaldy High School

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Design & Manufacture

National Courses reflect Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. They offer flexibility, provide more time for learning, more focus on skills and applying learning, and scope for personalisation and choice.

Every course provides opportunities for candidates to develop breadth, challenge and application. The focus and balance of assessment is tailored to each subject area.

The Design and Manufacture course allows candidates to develop knowledge and skills enabling them to appreciate, contribute and adapt to the diverse opportunities offered in manufacturing industries.

Candidates develop creative and practical skills by designing and making solutions to real problems. In addition, they gain an understanding of the impact of design and manufacture on everyday life.

The course encourages candidates to take a broad view of design and manufacture, through making decisions and taking responsibility for their own actions, generating and developing ideas, applying knowledge, and justifying decisions. These transferrable skills place candidates in a strong position regardless of the career path they choose.


National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotlands ‘Nutshell’ Series gives the key facts about National Qualifications. In these documents you’ll find out about National 4, National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture including the details of course assessment.

National 4

N4 Nutshell

National 5

N5 Nutshell


Higher Nutshell



More information including subject updates, course specifications and FAQs can be found on the SQA website here.



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