Design & Manufacture

In this course candidates develop creative and practical skills by designing and making solutions to real problems. In addition, they gain an understanding of the impact of design and manufacture on everyday life.

Course Assessment (National 5)

  • Question Paper - 80 marks (44% of total)
  • Assignment: Design - 55 marks (31%)
  • Assignment: Manufacture - 45 marks (25%)

(For full information see the SQA Webpage for this course.)

Now scroll down to find important notes and resources for studying this course, as well as web links, videos and other useful content.

More will be added over time, so remember to keep checking back!

Notes (restricted access)

Design Theory Booklet


Materials & Manufacturing Theory Booklet



SQA Course Specification


SQA Specimen Paper

DesignandManufacture - N5 Specimen Question Paper.pdf

Past Papers

Past Papers:

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Marking Instructions:

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Video Playlists

Each of the following playlists brings together a collection of videos based on a key area of the course.

(To explore the list of videos click on the menu icon in the top-left of each video player, or click the playlist title to view it in a new tab.)


Videos showing techniques for producing quick models or prototypes of product designs.

Emerging Technologies

3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machines, etc.

Commercial Manufacture

Manufacturing processes used in industry, such as injection moulding, rotational moulding, vacuum forming, die casting & sand casting.

Useful Websites & Channels

Don't be put off by the basic look - this site has tonnes of really good information covering the whole course.

Some excellent videos on materials and manufacturing from the new BBC Bitesize.

YouTube channel created by Neil Walker, another Scottish Design & Technology teacher. Demonstrations of sketching and rendering.