This practical metalworking skills course is designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively deliver the SQA National 4/5 Practical Metalworking Course. Participants will gain hands-on experience in various metalworking techniques, tools, and processes commonly required for the successful completion of the SQA syllabus.

The course is delivered to build confidence and skill level through the participation of a number of practical tasks and projects. Where emphasis will be placed on safety procedures, practical demonstrations, and instructional methodologies to enhance teaching effectiveness.

Dates: 25th – 26th September 2024

Closing Date: 23rd August 2024

Course Leader

Duncan Lamb
01383 626070


Overnight accommodation between day 1 and 2 can be provided on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at a local hotel. Please refer to the cost tab for the residential course fees. 


The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.


Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Residential, with accommodation) – £200

Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Non-Residential, no accommodation) – £90

The total course fee is £500 (Residential) and £390 (Non-Residential) but SSERC are subsidising this course fee to the value of £300 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:-

  • Develop competency in the safe and efficient use of metalwork hand tools and equipment. 
  • Prepare and properly mark out metal sections effectively.
  • Gain proficiency in essential metalworking techniques, including cutting, shaping, joining, and finishing
  • Setup and perform drilling operations safely. 
  • Develop skills and knowledge of safe working practices.
  • Enhance problem-solving abilities in addressing common challenges encountered in metalworking projects.
  • Develop knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context.