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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 Practical Metalwork

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


Practical Metalworking is largely workshop based, combining elements of theory and practical metalworking 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 metal. Other skills that are developed include:

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


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

  • Machine Processes
  • Bench Skills
  • Fabrication & Thermal Joining

Qualifications and Assessment

Find out more information on the qualifications here: 

National 5 Practical Metalworking - Course overview - SQA


Things to note when considering Practical Metalworking:

  • National 5 is the highest SQA qualification in practical metalwork.
  • Due the level of accuracy and skill required for this course we would advice that pupils have an A or B pass at N5 Practical Woodwork or relevant subject with consultation with department staff.
  • Practical woodwork involves a great degree of accuracy with tolerances of ±2mm at
  • The tolerance for working is ± 0.5mm 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
  • 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.