Craft, Design and Technology

S1-S3 Broad General Education


The course is made up of work covering:

Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics, Digital Literacy and Technological Developments in Society.

Pupils combine practical, graphical and technological skills with creative thinking to design, plan and make products that meet human needs.

They learn to use current technologies and traditional skills to present ideas and manufacture items and develop confidence in using practical, graphical and IT equipment, hand and machine tools to help them solve problems creatively as individuals and as members of a team.

Design and Manufacture

S4, 5 & 6 Senior Phase

This course is offered at four levels National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Grade.

The course is made up of work at all levels, covering:

Materials and Manufacturing

Pupils learn to plan the manufacture of a prototype, manufacture and review that prototype and explain the key aspects of commercial manufacture.


Pupils learn and develop skills and creativity in designing a product towards a manufacturing process.

They will take a given design brief and develop it to a final concept, generating ideas by applying research, graphics and modelling techniques.

Existing products will also be examined and evaluated and pupils will also learn to develop an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society.

National 4           Candidates complete an Added Value Unit where these skills are implemented. There is no final exam.

National 5           Candidates complete an Assignment, this is worth 100/180 of their final exam mark.

National 5           Candidates also sit a final exam consisting of a written paper worth 80/180 marks of their overall grade.

Higher Candidates complete an internal Assignment that is worth 50% of their final mark and an exam paper which accounts for the remaining 50%.


Advanced Higher

Design and Manufacture candidates must complete:

Component 1 – project

The purpose of the project is to assess practical application of

knowledge and skills from across the course to develop a solution to

an appropriately complex design and manufacture task,

providing challenge and requiring application.

The assignment will be worth 120 marks (60% of the total mark).

Component 2 — question paper

The purpose of the question paper is to assess the skills, knowledge

and understanding that learner’s have acquired.

The question paper will have 80 marks (40% of the total mark) and consist of structured and extended response questions.