National 4

National 4 Design and Manufacture Theory notes and homework activities

This document provides invaluable assistance in supporting you gaining the knowledge and understanding required to complete the Design and Manufacture course at both National 4 and 5.  Clicking the banner below will open the document up.


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National 4 Design and Manufacture support book

This document provides broad ranging support to assist you as you work through the main assessment task in Design and manufacture.  It provides direct support and guidance as to what is expected from you as well as exemplifying the standard of work required. Clicking the banner below will open the document up.

Design and Manufacture support book



The Lamp Task

The lamp task is based on an SQA assessment and provides an opportunity for evidence to be gathered to support key assessment standards from both the Design unit and the Materials and manufacturing unit.  You are required to produce a range of ideas for a lamp that must incorporate plastic as one of the key materials through the application of an idea generation technique.  The lamp should be based on the theme of either ‘Nature’ or ‘The built environment’.  The lamp design will be physically modelled using an appropriate material before developing a plan for manufacture and constructing a functional prototype.  The final stage of the task is to evaluate the design.

CLICK HERE to View a copy of the Lamp overview sheet.

CLICK HERE to view a exemplar lamp task extract


Pen holder activity

The pen holder activity is based on one of the SQA assessment tasks and is used to gather pupil evidence relating to designing and prototyping a pen storage solution that must incorporate metal as one of the key materials used.  This does not mean a metalwork project, just that an aspect of the design is that metal component(s) must be included.

It also provides opportunities to display skills in researching as pupils would be expected to use on-line facilities and physical world items to make decisions about appropriate sizes, themes, existing products, etc. ahead of beginning to develop ideas, analyse these ideas and make informed, well thought out decisions that will be recorded as annotations in the design paperwork.

CLICK HERE to access the task outline sheet

CLICK HERE to access an exemplar response to the task

Added Value Unit

As with all National 4 qualifications Design and Manufacture involves the pupils undertaking an Added Value Unit. This is when the pupils must demonstrate their capacity to work independently through a project with minimal intervention and assistance from the teacher.  It is when they should draw upon all of the experience gained through the two mandatory course units to demonstrate their full capacity within the subject, designing and prototyping a working solution to a given task.  The task that the pupils tackled in 2014 was ‘A child’s educational toy’.  CLICK HERE to see an exemplar extract from a Design Folio.