Nat 4/5 Practical Woodworking

Course overview

The Course allows learners to cover fundamental woodworking skills in a progressive fashion. Each Unit covers a set of new woodworking skills. All of the Units include skills in measuring, marking-out, cutting and jointing techniques. Throughout the Units learners will develop an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment. They will also gain an understanding of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context.
Methodology
The Course is practical and yet exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of practical woodworking techniques and standard practice with elements of creativity. The course should also give learners the opportunity to develop thinking skills and skills in numeracy, employability, enterprise and citizenship.

Assessment

There are four mandatory Units including the Added Value Unit that are internally assessed on a pass/fail basis.

1. Practical Woodworking: Flat-frame Construction: helps learners develop skills in setting out and making basic woodworking joints commonly used in flat-frame joinery. Learners will read and use simple woodworking drawings or diagrams.

2. Practical Woodworking: Carcase Construction: helps learners develop skills in setting out and making basic woodworking joints commonly used in carcase joinery. This may include working with manufactured board or with frame and panels. The Unit includes use of simple working drawings or diagrams.

3. Practical Woodworking: Machining and Finishing: helps learners develop skills in setting up and using common machines and power tools. It also helps learners develop skills in a variety of simple woodworking surface preparations and finishing techniques.

4. Added Value Unit: Final Project
This Unit requires learners to draw on and extend their range of practical woodworking experiences and skills in order to produce an effective overall response to the project task. The assignment will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice.