National 4/5 Design & Manufacture

Course Intro

The course introduces students to the multi-faceted world of product design and manufacturing. The course combines scientific, mathematical and technological accuracy with design creativity and innovation. In the course students are encouraged to use imagination, creativity and logical thinking to apply practical skills. The course provides students with an opportunity to develop skills in the design and manufacture of prototypes, knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials and offers an insight into the impact of technology on our environment and society.

This course involves:

  • Designing models/ prototypes
  • Folio work & research
  • Problem solving
  • Creative & logical tasks
  • Working with wood, metal & plastic
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and manufacturing

Recommended Entry

Students would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

For S4 Entry

  • Pass the S3 Design & Manufacture course

For S5/6 Entry (National 5 ONLY)

  • Pass the National 4 course
  • Pass the National 5 course with a grade “C”

Units: National 4 & 5

  • Design*
  • Materials & Manufacturing*
  • Added Value Unit/ Design & Manufacture Assignment

*Units are no longer compulsory at National 5 level however students studying National 5 will still have to sit an external exam & complete the assignment.

National 4 pupils must pass all three units to gain an overall National 4 course award.

Next steps

After successfully completing the course students will be able to undertake:

  • Design & Manufacture (Higher)
  • Graphic Communication (National 4 & National 5)

Skills & Knowledge

  • Using a range of research techniques
  • Applying a range of basic idea generation techniques
  • Evaluating existing products
  • Selecting and using a range of tools, equipment, software and materials in designing, making and testing prototypes
  • Using graphical techniques to visually represent design solutions
  • Basic knowledge of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society
  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and the properties and uses of materials

Careers & Further Study

Today’s modern day technological society is developing and changing at an almost unbelievable rate.

Studying Design & Manufacture could lead to a career in:

  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Building Design
  • Interior Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Modern Apprenticeship

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