National 5 Practical Metalworking (Course Code: C761 75)

SCQF Level 5 (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 practical 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.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Bench Skills

You will:

Machine Processes

You will:

Fabrication and Thermal Joining

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Please note - for the 2022-23 session there is no question paper, only the practical activity worth 70 marks.

The course assessment has two components totalling 130 marks:

For the practical activity you will be asked to make a finished product from metal. The assessment will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Your work will be assessed by a visiting SQA assessor.

The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

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 5)