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National 4 Practical Woodworking

National 4 Practical Woodworking

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 4 Practical Woodworking Course enables learners to gain skills in woodworking techniques and in measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials. Learners develop safe working practices in workshop environments, practical creativity and problem-solving skills, and knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.

Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.

The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.

Updates and announcements

Update letters

Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.

The bank of Added Value Unit assessment tasks is now fully populated. To access these documents please speak to your SQA Co-ordinator.

Notification of changes June 2014

The Course and Unit Support Notes have been updated in June 2014. Relevant UAS packs will be updated accordingly for the start of the next session.

The intention of these updates is to provide teachers and lecturers with further information and clarification based on feedback we have received. A detailed list of the changes is available on the notification of changes spreadsheet.

Mandatory information

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.

Advice and guidance

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

Assessment support

Added Value Unit Assessment

For the first two years of implementation (in session 2013/14 and session 2014/15), for all subjects practitioners must use the SQA-published Added Value Unit assessments. These include information for assessors, such as conditions of assessment and guidance on evidence to be gathered and on judging candidates’ evidence. Appendix 1 provides instructions for candidates.

The Practical Woodworking Added Value Unit assessment is a practical activity. It is supported by SQA-devised working drawings, so centres should not normally make any changes to the assessment, in which candidates make a wooden product consisting of a minimum of five component parts, preparing these, assembling, fitting, fixing and finishing.

Centres can choose from a bank of these assessments, available from September 2013. Centres can access the assessments through their SQA Co-ordinator.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.




Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here -