Design & Manufacture: Course Information
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.
Design and Manufacture is offered from N4 to Advanced Higher level.
The course comprises two areas of study:
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.
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.
The course has two areas of study:
Candidates study the design process from brief to design proposal. This helps them to develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals. Candidates explore and refine design proposals using the design/make/test process and by applying knowledge of materials, processes and design factors to reach a viable solution. This helps them to develop an understanding of the iterative nature of the design process. Candidates also develop an understanding of the factors that influence the design, marketing and use of commercial products.
Candidates study the manufacture of commercial products. They develop knowledge of materials, manufacturing and production processes and strengthen their understanding of how these influence the design of products. This provides candidates with the knowledge and understanding required to develop a viable design proposal for a commercial product and to plan its production.
Integrating the two areas of study is fundamental to delivering the course successfully. It helps candidates to understand the relationship between designing products and manufacturing products and it helps them to see how this connection influences a product’s lifecycle. By combining the study of design with the study of manufacturing, candidates also learn to appreciate the impact design and manufacturing technologies have on society, the environment and the world of work.
The Advanced Higher Design and Manufacture Course will allow learners to explore the multi-faceted world of product design and manufacturing in an increasingly commercial and industrialised context.
The Course focuses on creativity and innovation in the contexts of product design and manufacture. Learners will have opportunities to make good use of their knowledge and skills already obtained across their learning experiences, for example drawing on numeracy and science when considering technical details and operational principles, and on aspects of social sciences when considering aspects of environmentalism and ethics, as well as other areas of the curriculum, personal experiences and interests. It is in this integrative quality that the Course demonstrates broad options, possibilities and flexibilities in supporting personal growth.