Design & Manufacture

Design and Manufacture will develop your creative and technological abilities, by helping you to see the world like a designer and engineer. Throughout this course you will study design engineering in depth and consider all the factors that influence how products are designed, manufactured, used and disposed of. You will also develop skills in creating functional models and prototypes using a huge range of hand and machine tools. You will learn about the design process and learn how to sketch and develop your ideas on paper or computer.  Not only do you learn how to make products in the craft room, but will also learn how products are made in industry and mass produced.
Who might choose this subject?
Pupils who worked at N4 Design & Technology can progress to N5 in S5. Pupils who achieved a pass at N3 Design & Technology can progress to working at N4 Design & Manufacture. Pupils who did not enjoy the design element of the course could consider switching to Practical Woodworking. Pupils who have achieved a strong pass at National 5 Design and Manufacture will cope well with the move to Higher. Pupils would need to have at least passed National 5 English to cope with the written and research aspect of the course. Many pupils pick Higher Design & Manufacture without any experience in the subject. Those pupils traditionally have an interest in Art or Graphic Communication, however this is not essential. If unsure, best to talk to teachers in the department for advice first.
Additional Information
There is a huge demand for people with skills in designing, creating, manufacturing, engineering, science, marketing, and related disciplines. This course will give you a deep insight to the world around us and is a superb springboard to university and employment in a whole host of creative and technological industries.

The National 5 assessment is out of 150 marks. 60 marks is a traditional written exam and the other 90 marks are based on a Design Assignment. The Higher is out of 140 marks, with 70 marks from a written exam and the other 70 marks from the Design Assignment. This is based on a brief that you have to design a solution for using no more than 8 A3 pages, which you will then manufacture in the craft room. The assignments are flexible enough to allow you to have a lot of say in what you will make for the final project. Design & Manufacture can draw on Art skills to allow pupils to sketch ideas.


University subjects that will accept Higher and Advanced Higher Design & Manufacture include: Product Design, Engineering, Art & Design, Digital Interaction Design, Interactive Media Design, Technological Education and many more.