Design & Manufacture – Higher


The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Design and Manufacture: Design (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • learn the processes of product design from brief to resolved design proposals and specification
  • develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals for products
  • gain skills and experience in evaluating design proposals in order to refine, improve and resolve them
  • develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products.

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • learn the processes of product design from design proposals to prototype
  • gain skills in planning and making models and prototypes
  • ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing a set of design ideas
  • develop an appreciation of manufacturing practicalities
  • strengthen an appreciation of the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products
  • consider the manufacturing techniques and processes that would apply to a design proposal in an industrial/commercial context.

In both Units, learners will gain knowledge and understanding of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.


Course assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessments has two components:

  • a question paper (worth 70 marks)
  • an assignment (worth 70 marks).

The question paper will assess breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess your practical application of knowledge and skills from the units to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging design problem.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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