Design Engineering & Technology at Kirkcaldy High School

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Practical Woodworking

National Courses reflect Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. They offer flexibility, provide more time for learning, more focus on skills and applying learning, and scope for personalisation and choice.

Every course provides opportunities for candidates to develop breadth, challenge and application. The focus and balance of assessment is tailored to each subject area.

The Practical Woodworking course provides a broad introduction to practical woodworking. It is largely workshop-based, combining elements of theory and practical woodworking techniques.

Candidates develop practical psychomotor skills (manual dexterity and control) in a universally popular practical craft. They are introduced to safe working practices and become proactive in matters of health and safety. They learn how to use a range of tools, equipment and materials safely and correctly.

Candidates develop skills in reading drawings and diagrams, measuring and marking out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials. They learn how to work effectively alongside others in a shared workshop environment. Course activities also provide opportunities to build self- confidence and to enhance skills in numeracy, thinking, planning, organising and communicating — these are all valuable skills for learning, for life and for work.

The course encourages candidates to become responsible and creative in their use of technologies and to develop attributes such as flexibility, enthusiasm, perseverance, reliability and confidence.


National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotlands ‘Nutshell’ Series gives the key facts about National Qualifications. In these documents you’ll find out about National 4 and National 5 Practical Metalworking including the details of course assessment.

National 4

N4 Woodworking Nutshell

National 5

N5 Woodworking nutshell


SQA Woodworking

More information including subject updates, course specifications and FAQs can be found on the SQA website here.

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