S3 Design and Manufacture

Pupil Designed & Manufactured Art Deco Clock

Our Design and Manufacture course provides pupils with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities (developing successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors) as well as skills for learning,  life and work.

The course takes pupils through Level 4 and on to National 4 and 5.

In S3 Design and Manufacture you will study the following topics:

Design Concepts Investigate Materials Design Folios
Design Influences Manufacturing Techniques Prototyping
Product Evaluation CAD/CAM Model Manufacture

You will be given the opportunity to develop:

  • skills in the design and manufacturing of models, prototypes and products
  • knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Underpinning these aims are the activities which support them — creative, iterative and designedly thinking, problem solving, understanding the relationship between cause and effect of decisions taken, an engagement with a variety of technologies in both design and manufacture, dialogue and discussion, and the articulation, communication and realisation of ideas. Students will also investigate and use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to make prototype models in our well-equipped workshops

The 3rd year Design and Manufacture course at Queen Anne is ‘hands on’ projects lead approach that allows pupils to work individually and in groups. Students will apply knowledge and understanding of key design concepts and ideas; understand the relationships between the consumer, the design process and manufacturing; apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of design problems; and develop an understanding of the role and impact of the designer in changing and influencing our environment and society.
Our 3rd year Design and Manufacture course mimics real design scenarios and encourages co-operative and collaborative learning approaches which support and encourage learners to achieve their full potential. We have links to local and international engineering companies – FMC provide the opportunity for our student to see first-hand the processes at work when we visit their factory.

 

(Design) Folio Work

In the course pupils are encouraged to use imagination, creativity and logical thinking, and to apply practical skills. The course thus provides a broad scope for personalisation and choice.

 

 

Model of Designed office furniture

 

The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • skills in the design and manufacturing of models, prototypes and products
  • knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Although National 4 Courses are not graded pupils will be assessment on a broad skills set, as well as required knowledge and understanding of the course, these include:

  • evaluating existing products
  • using a selected range of research techniques
  • applying a range of basic idea generation techniques
  • writing a simple specification
  • selecting and using a range of tools, equipment, software and materials in designing, making and testing models, prototypes and products
  • applying creative design skills, when refining and resolving simple product design tasks
  • using graphic techniques to visually represent design solutions in simple and straightforward contexts
  • using simple modelling and manufacturing techniques to represent design ideas in three dimensions
  • contributing to the evaluation of their own design proposals and associated manufacturing practicalities, and make suggestions for improvement
  • basic knowledge of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society
  • basic knowledge of the factors that influence the design and manufacture of artifacts and products
  • basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and the properties and uses of materials

All of this is achieved in the process of carrying out and completing a series of Design assignments which will be presented in the form of both folio work and the Manufacture of artifacts and products.