National 4 Design and Manufacture (Course Code: C719 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

Design and Manufacture Image

Why study Design and Manufacture?

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.

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.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design



Health and Medicine

Manufacturing Industries

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course provides a broad practical introduction to design, and materials and manufacturing processes. You will develop design skills, as well as skills in making models, prototypes and products. And, you will look at the life cycle of a product; from idea through to the design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal or re-use.

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills. 

Design and Manufacture: Design (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Design and Manufacture Assignment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass both units plus the added value unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Design and Manufacture (National 4)