Metalworking – National 5


The course has three main component areas.

Practical Metalworking: Bench Skills.

In this component 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.

Practical Metalworking: Machine Processes.

In this component 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.

Practical Metalworking: Fabrication and Thermal Joining.

In this component 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.


Course Assessment.

Your work will be assessed on an on-going basis throughout the course to support your learning and evaluate progress.

Items of work might include:

  • practical work – operating machinery or checking tools
  • written or oral work – identifying materials in short tests.

The course assessment for this course consists of a practical activity, worth a total of 70 marks, where you will be asked to make a finished product from metal and an exam paper worth 60 marks. Both assessments will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the exam paper will be marked by them externally. Your practical work will be assessed by a visiting SQA assessor.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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