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

National 5 assessment changed for Session 2017–18, followed by Higher 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, Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessment is now all external. The Performing and Question Paper exams remain, but their 60% and 40% marks are now scaled to count 50% and 35% respectively of your course award, with a new 15% Composing Skills assignment (which includes analysis at Advanced Higher) also 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.