National 5 Practical Metalworking

National 5 Practical Metalworking

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 5 Practical Metalworking Course enables learners to gain skills in metalworking techniques and in measuring and marking out metal sections and sheet materials. Learners develop safe working practices in workshop environments, practical creativity and problem-solving skills, and an understanding of sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context.

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Essential 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.

Course Reports

These reports provide information on the performance of candidates which it is hoped will be useful to teachers, lecturers and assessors in their preparation of candidates for future assessment.


Specimen Question Papers

These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Past papers are copies of exams that have been used in previous years. They can be used to help candidates revise for the live question paper.


This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.


Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.


CPD webinar/audio and support

The National 5 webinar provides a detailed overview of the revised course assessment for this subject.

National 5 Woodwork 22 June 2017 & National 5 Metalworking 22 June 2017  (101.31 MB)

Additional CPD support

Where any particular areas of concern are identified, which are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) training, subject to request. CPD support is subject-specific and can be tailored to cover one or more qualification level. To find out more about this service visit our CPD page.