N5 Practical Metalwork

Practical Metalwork

Course Outline
The National 5 Practical Metalwork course is assessed in two main areas:

  • External written exam paper – 1 hour, 60 marks (scaled to 30 marks)
  • Internal practical model – 70 marks

The National 5 Practical Metalworking course provides opportunities for candidates to gain a range of theoretical and practical metalworking skills relating to tools, equipment, processes and materials. They also develop skills in reading and interpreting working drawings and related documents as well as an understanding of health and safety.

Through this, they develop skills, knowledge and understanding of:

  •  metalworking techniques
  •  measuring and marking out metal sections and sheet materials
  • safe working practices in workshop environments
  •  practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  •  sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context

Pupils will gain experience in:

  • marking out
  • cutting
  • shaping
  • turning
  • welding

For the full SQA course specification, click the link below:

As part of the practical activity, pupils are also expected to produce a log book, detailing how they carried out the tasks. An example of the type of detail required is below:

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