N4/N5 Design and Manufacture

The National 4/5 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. 

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners attracted by practical activities. It provides a foundation for those considering further study or a career in design, manufacturing, engineering, science, marketing, and related disciplines. The course also offers a complementary practical experience for those studying subjects in the technologies and expressive arts.

National 5 Course overview

The course comprises two areas of study:

Design (National 5)

Candidates study the design process from brief to design proposal. This helps them develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating, and communicating design proposals. They gain an understanding of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving design proposals on an ongoing basis. Candidates also develop an understanding of the factors that influence the design of products.

Manufacture (National 5)

Candidates study the manufacture of prototypes and products. This helps them develop practical skills in the design/make/test process. They gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials, as well as a range of manufacturing processes and techniques, allowing them to evaluate and refine design and manufacturing solutions. Candidates also gain an understanding of commercial manufacture. Integrating the two areas of study is fundamental to delivering the course successfully; it allows candidates to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas.

Course Assessment (National 5)

The course assessment has three components; 

                                                                    Component 1: question paper - 80 marks 

                                                                    Component 2: assignment — design  - 55 marks

                                                                    Component 3: assignment — practical - 45 marks 

National 4 Course overview 

The Course consists of three mandatory Units including the Added Value Unit. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

Design (National 4)

This Unit covers the product design process from brief to design proposal. It helps learners develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating simple design proposals. It allows them to develop an appreciation of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving work on an ongoing basis. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design of products.

Materials and Manufacturing (National 4)

This Unit covers the product design process from design proposals to prototype and product. It allows learners to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas. It allows learners to develop practical skills that are invaluable in the design/make/test process. It helps them gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials, as well as simple manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows them to refine and resolve design and manufacturing solutions. In both Units, learners will gain knowledge of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

Added Value Unit: Design and Manufacture Assignment (National 4)

This Unit adds value by introducing challenge and application. Learners will draw on their range of design knowledge and skills, knowledge of materials and manufacturing and apply their practical skills, in order to produce an effective overall response to a brief. The brief will relate to a straightforward product design scenario. The response will include a folio, a model, or a prototype, or a completed product. Learners will be able to extend and apply their knowledge and skills through the assignment. The brief will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice. Learners will use skills and knowledge acquired through the Units to develop the discrete aspects and overall presentation of the assignment.

SQA Useful Links

National 4 in a Nutshell
National 5 in a Nutshell 
SQA Nat 4/5 Documents 

 

Study Links

BBC Bitesize N5

BBC Bitesize N4
Explain stuff 
Michael DiTullo
Technology Student.com 
Ergonomics 
Plastic Processes
Specimen Paper

Past Papers 

Design & Manufacture OneNote