National 4 Practical Metalworking (Course Code: C761 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Practical Metalworking?

This course will give you a broad introduction to practical metalworking skills. You will learn the correct use of tools and equipment, and a range of materials, processes and techniques. And, you will be able to read and interpret diagrams, and work safely in a workshop-based setting. You will get to use some creative skills, and plan your activities through to completing a finished product in metal.

The skills you learn in this course will help you move into career areas such as craft, design, engineering and graphics.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design

Communications and Media



Garage Services

Housing, Property and Facilities

Manufacturing Industries

Transport and Distribution

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

In this course you will develop manual dexterity and control skills in a specialist 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.

In all three units you will develop an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop setting. And, you will look at how metals are made and recycled and how this impacts the environment.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Practical Metalworking: Bench Skills (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Metalworking: Machine Processes (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Metalworking: Fabrication and Thermal Joining (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Making a Finished Product from Metal (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the 2022-23 session

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass both units plus the added value unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Practical Metalworking (National 4)