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Design & Manufacture

The Course provides a broad and practical experience in product design and manufacture. Creativity is at the heart of this Course and its combination with technology makes it exciting and dynamic.

Course overview National 5 Design and Manufacture

The course consists of 24 SCQF credit points which includes time for preparation for course assessment. The notional length of time for a candidate to complete the course is 160 hours.

The course assessment has three components. Component

Marks

Duration

Component 1: question paper

80

1 hour and 45 minutes

Component 2: assignment — design

55

See course assessment section

Component 3: assignment — practical

45

See course assessment section

The National 5 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.

Purpose and aims

The main purpose of the course is to allow candidates to develop the skills and knowledge associated with designing and manufacturing.

The course enables candidates to develop:

? skills in designing and manufacturing models, prototypes and products

? knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials

? an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

 

Course overview Higher Design & Manufacture

The course consists of 24 SCQF credit points which includes time for preparation for course assessment. The notional length of time for candidates to complete the course is 160 hours.

The course assessment has two components. Component

Marks

Duration

Component 1: question paper

80

2 hours and 15 minutes

Component 2: assignment

90

see ‘Course assessment’ section

 

This course allows candidates to develop the knowledge and skills they need to appreciate design and manufacturing industries, and to contribute and adapt to the opportunities they offer.

Candidates develop knowledge of design and commercial manufacture together with the creative and practical skills required to design solutions to real problems. Candidates also gain an understanding of the impact of design and commercial manufacture on everyday life and the environment.

The course encourages candidates to take a broad view of design and manufacture. They do this by 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.

Purpose and aims

The main purpose of the course is to allow candidates to develop the skills and knowledge associated with designing and manufacturing.

Candidates study the lifecycle of products from their inception through design, manufacture, and use, including their disposal and/or re-use. It helps candidates to appreciate the impact commercial manufacture has on design and the need for balance and compromise when developing successful commercial products.

Candidates develop:

? research skills

? skills in designing products

? knowledge and understanding of materials and commercial manufacture

? knowledge and understanding of design factors

? an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on society, the environment and the world of work