S5 & S6 Design & Manufacture

Creativity combined with knowledge and understanding of commercially manufactured products lies at the heart of this one-year intensive course. Four essential features of creativity are: using imagination, pursuing purpose, being original and being of value.

Students will work individually taking intellectual and innovative risks. They will need to demonstrate perseverance to achieve good quality, feasible proposals through active designing and making experiences.

The Higher Design and Manufacture course is only suited to pupils who have gained an A or B grade at National 5 Design and Manufacture.

The Higher Design and Manufacture course consists of two coursework units:

Design Unit – The general aim of this unit is to enable the learners to gain skills in analysing design briefs, to create a design specification and then generating, developing and communicating design ideas towards a final proposal for a product. As the learner completes these design tasks they will develop knowledge and understanding of factors that influence design, sustainability, creative idea-generation techniques, annotation techniques that identify, justify and explain, researching techniques, evaluation techniques and a range of manual and computer graphic techniques.

Materials & Manufacturing Unit – The general aim of this unit is to enable the learner to gain skills of how to analyse existing commercial manufactured products and to make models and prototypes using a range of materials and manufacturing processes to bring the learner’s design unit ideas to reality. As the learner completes these material and manufacturing tasks they will develop knowledge and understanding of model-making techniques, a range of materials, properties of materials, commercial production manufacturing techniques and why particular materials and manufacturing processes are used in different commercial products.

The target each year is to finish the two coursework units by mid-February, as this will then allow time to complete the examinable part of the course and to complete revision.

Design and Manufacture Higher Exam
The exam is split into two parts: the Design and Manufacture Assignment Task which is worth 50% of the overall Higher mark and the written exam that is worth the remaining 50%.

For the Design and Manufacture Assignment Task the learner needs to produce a design solution to a design brief set by the SQA. This task allows the learner to show off their knowledge and understanding gained through the course work units. This will be completed over a 20-hour period of time during the timetabled periods and under controlled conditions.

Written exam paper: the learner will answer questions to show off their knowledge and understanding gained through the course work units in a 2-hour written exam.

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