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National 5

What will I study?

In this course you will develop manual dexterity and control skills in a specialist practical craft. You will learn about the correct use of a range of tools, equipment and materials. The skills you learn in this course are also useful to other areas such as woodworking. And, you will learn how to work effectively alongside others in a workshop environment.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Bench Skills

You will:

  • learn a range of metalworking hand tool skills including bench-fitting work, routine sheet-metal work and measuring and marking out. Some tasks will involve complex features
  • be able to read and interpret drawings and diagrams showing both familiar and unfamiliar metalworking tasks.

Machine Processes

You will:

  • build your measuring and marking out skills
  • develop skills in using common metalwork machines, equipment and related processes
  • work with an appropriate range of metals in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Fabrication and Thermal Joining

You will:

  • develop skills in fabrication, forming and joining of metalwork components with some complex features
  • develop skills in thermal joining techniques
  • build your skills in measuring and marking out.

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 130 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper – worth 60 marks (overall 30% of grade)
  • Component 2: practical activity – worth 70 marks (overall 70% of grade)

For the practical activity you will be asked to make a finished product from metal. The assessment will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Your work will be assessed by a visiting SQA assessor.

The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in: