National 4 Practical Woodworking (Course Code: C762 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Practical Woodworking?

This course will give you a broad introduction to practical woodworking 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 wood.

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


Housing, Property and Facilities

Manufacturing Industries

Performing Arts

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. 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 environmental issues and good practice in recycling in a woodworking context.

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

Practical Woodworking: Flat-frame Construction (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Woodworking: Carcase Construction (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Practical Woodworking: Machining and Finishing (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Making a Finished Product from Wood (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 all 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 Woodworking (National 4)