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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S3-4 Practical Woodworking

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


Practical Woodwork is largely workshop based, combining elements of theory and practical woodworking techniques. You will learn how to use a range of tools, equipment and materials safely. You will develop skills in reading drawings and diagrams, measuring and marking out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials. Other skills that are developed include:

  •  Manual dexterity
  • Traditional carpentry skills
  • Focus
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving


Practical woodwork also gives vital skills for practical industries through 3 key practical units:

  • Flat-Frame Construction
  • Carcase Construction
  • Machining and Finishing

These practical activities will give all the skills needed towards the final assignment which will involve all 3 units.


Qualification and Assessment

  • National 4 – Coursework throughout the year that will make up the N4 units as well as an Added Value Unit (AVU)
  • National 5 – You will be expected to complete a written exam as well as an assignment. Question Paper (30%) and Assignment (70%).

Find out more information on the qualifications here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45660.html  

Things to note when considering Practical Woodwork:

  • National 5 is the highest SQA qualification in practical woodwork.
  • Practical woodwork involves a great degree of accuracy with tolerances of ±2mm at N4 and ±1mm at N5.
  • Safety is key in a workshop and must be adhered to.
  • You will make a range of projects, but there is no scope for designing or adding personalisation, as the qualification expects you to replicate provided drawings.