Practical Woodworking

Practical woodwork is a course that speaks for itself. It is designed to focus on quality craftsmanship and allow you to learn the skills to manufacture products from wood.

During the course, you will learn to use a huge range of hand and machine tools. This course is not for the faint of heart; you must become experienced in producing items to the very highest quality and to very precise sizes and tolerances.

Although there is no final written exam in this course, you will be consistently assessed in your marking out, cutting, shaping and finishing of every product. Critically, you will learn how to safely operate in a dangerous environment and develop skills that can help you prepare for the world of work. In practical woodwork, you will create a wide range of products, consolidated by the final ‘Practical Task’. This practical task will involve you manufacturing an item independently and your final grade will rest on this last performance of the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course.  Throughout the course you will keep a journal of the tools, materials and techniques you learn about.

Who might choose this subject?
Pupils who on reflection have enjoyed working safely and successfully in the craft room in S3/4 in Practical Woodworking at N4 level.


Many pupils pick N5 Practical Woodworking without any prior experience in the subject. Pupils who are willing to work hard and learn new skills are welcome to pick the subject. If unsure, best to talk to teachers in the department for advice first.

This is also popular with S6 pupils who want to do something different and learn some skills that they will have for the rest of their life.


This can lead to jobs where you would be expected to be skilled in working with your hands including: Manufacturing, Joinery and pluming to name but a few.

Additional Information
The practical task is out of 80 marks and is used for your overall grade. Grades range from A-D.  Whether you want to learn skills in craftsmanship for pleasure or a future career, prepare for a fun – yet challenging – course that will push your practical abilities.

Basic numeracy skills are essential including measuring.

For safety reasons in the craft room, pupils need to be able to work independently and give full co cooperation at all times.