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Practical Woodwork

Welcome to the Practical Woodworking page!




Mr. A. McGimpsey (PTC Physics and DET)

Mr I. Simpson (DET)

Dr L. Foley (DET)

Miss K. Simpson-Wands (DET)

Ms S. Clarke (DET)

Miss L. Stevenson (DET / PTC Guidance Castle House)


Below you will find information about the National 5 Course.




The National 5 Practical Woodworking course provides opportunities for learners to gain a range of theoretical and practical woodworking skills relating to tools, equipment, processes and materials. They also develop skills in reading and interpreting working drawings and related documents as well as an understanding of health and safety. The course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It engages learners with technologies, allowing them to consider the impact that practical technologies have on our environment and society.


Through this, they develop skills, knowledge and understanding of:

  • Woodworking techniques
  • Measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials
  • Safe working practices in workshop environments
  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context


This course develops skills in three main areas. Each area provides opportunities for learners to understand safe working practices, sustainability issues, and good practice in recycling within a workshop environment. Each area of study covers a different set of woodworking skills. All areas include skills and associated knowledge in measuring, marking out, cutting and jointing techniques.


The areas of study are:

Flat-frame construction

Learners develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in flat-frame joinery, involving complex features. Learners develop their ability to read and use drawings and diagrams depicting both familiar and unfamiliar woodwork tasks.


Carcase construction

Learners develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in carcase construction, involving complex features. This may include working with manufactured board or with frames and panels. Learners use working drawings or diagrams in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts that require some interpretation on their part.


Machining and finishing

Learners develop skills, knowledge and understanding in using machine and power tools. Learners also develop skills in a variety of woodworking surface preparations and finishing techniques.


Course assessment structure:

Question paper

The question paper gives learners an opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding relating to:

  • Measuring and marking out tools
  • Reading and interpreting drawings
  • Materials
  • Bench work
  • Flat-frame construction and assembly
  • Carcase construction and assembly
  • Use and care of machines and power tools 
  • Surface preparation and finish 
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability and recycling


Coursework Practical Activity 

The practical activity allows learners to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge developed during the course to produce a finished product, to a given standard and specification. The practical activity will be to manufacture a product and complete a log book. The log book will be provided as part of the assessment task.