Music at National 4/5, New Higher and Advanced Higher

National 5 assessment changed for Session 2017–18, with Higher to follow in 2018–19 and Advanced Higher in 2019–20. Where you previously had to pass three internally-assessed units in addition to taking external Performing and Question Paper (Understanding Music) exams, all future Nat 5 and Higher course assessment will be external. The Performing and Question Paper exams remain, but their 60% and 40% marks will be scaled to count 50% and 35% respectively of your course award, with a new 15% Composing Skills assignment also to be externally marked.

The three mandatory units remaining at Nat 4 are:

  • Music: Performing Skills
  • Music: Composing Skills
  • Understanding Music

With the ‘Added Value’ unit also required for course assessment being a performance like the Nat 5 exam, but not in front of a visiting examiner and requiring some additional self-assessment of how you’ve done.

For Advanced Higher, ‘Understanding Music’ becomes ‘Understanding and Analysing Music’ and you now have the choice of Performing exam or Composing folio, but you still also need your three unit passes and Question Paper for your overall course award.