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SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

This course allows you to explore the multi-faceted world of product design and manufacturing. Creativity is at the heart of this course and its combination with technology makes it exciting and dynamic. 

Design and Manufacture provides you with skills in designing and communicating design proposals, allowing you to refine and resolve your design ideas effectively. The course stresses the integration of designing and making, highlighting the close relationship between designing, making, testing, and refining design ideas. 


Higher D&M


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Portfolio project 

work / short tasks / practical skill builders/ prototype model making/ theory exercises 


2hr 15min Question Paper 


Practical Assignment 




Mrs Stewart 



The skills you learn in this course give you a broad range of potential for jobs or careers; in the expressive arts, mathematics, science, information technology, as well as in craft, design, engineering and graphics. 


You will learn how to 


  • devise, plan and develop practical design solutions  

  • develop practical skills in the planning and development of models and prototypes  

  • evaluate and research  

  • understand manufacturing processes and materials  

  • understand the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society  

  • develop research skills  

  • develop idea generation techniques  

  • read drawings and diagrams  

  • communicate design ideas and practical details  

This course is made up of two component units – Design and Materials & Manufacture. 

 Learners will have the opportunity to:  

  • develop an understanding and iterative nature of the design process 

  • develop an understanding of the factors that influence design, marketing and the use of commercial products 

  • devise, plan and develop practical solutions to design opportunities  

  • consider the various factors that impact on a product’s design  

  • consider the life cycle of a product from its inception through design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal and/ or re-use — cradle-to-cradle  

  • explore design alternatives and to consider the manufacturing practicalities that these design alternatives bring to light  

  • develop a sound knowledge of materials, manufacturing and production processes and how these influence the design of products 

  • develop a the knowledge and understanding required to develop a viable design proposal for a commercial product and plan it’s production 

  • apply practical skills to crafting of sketch and prototype models – 3D and CAD based 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Entry Requirements are at the discretion of the Principal Teacher of the Design Faculty/course leader but it is advised that to do well in this higher course we would recommend that students have completed a N5 in Design and Manufacture (A- high C pass). 

what will you get?

The Higher Graphic Communication Course assessment has two components totalling 170 marks –  

Component 1 – 2 hr 15 min Question Paper – worth 80 marks 

Component 2 – Course Assessment Assignment – worth 90 marks 

The higher grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components, graded from A-D 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Graphic Communication related Careers:- 

Aerospace Engineer, Architect, Air Conditioning Engineer, Aircraft Mechanic/Engineer, Architectural Technologist, Automotive Engineer, BIM Technician, Blacksmith, Broadcast Engineer, Building Service Engineer, Building Technician, Cabinet Maker, CAD Technician, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Engineering Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician, Clinical/Biomedical Engineer, Clinical Technologist, CNC Machinist, Construction Manager, Control and Instrument Engineer, Craft Designer, Dental Technician, Design Engineer, Driller, Drilling Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electrician, Electronics Engineer, Engineering Machine Operator, Ergonomist, Fabricator/Plater, Field Service Technician, Furniture Designer/Maker, Gas Service Engineer, Heat Treatment Operative, Interior Designer, Joiner/Carpenter, Landbased Service Engineer, Landscape Architect, Lighting Protection Engineer, Locksmith, Manufacturing Systems Engineer, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Medical Physicist, Merchant Navy Engineering Officer, Mining Engineer, Model Maker, Musical Instrument Technologist, naval Architect, Nuclear Engineer, Offshore Service Technician, Patent Attorney, Patent Examiner, Pattern Cutter/Grader, Petroleum Reservoir Engineer, Product Designer, Subsea Engineer, Toolmaker, Toolpusher, Tailor/Dressmaker, Special Effects Technician, Wind Turbine Technician, Wood Machinist/Turner 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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