National 4 Music (Course Code: C750 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Music?

Music gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and express yourself in a creative and practical way. It helps you to develop important skills such as: playing a musical instrument, communication, creative thinking, using your voice, composing and arranging music. You can develop and consolidate your skills in performing and creating music, and develop your creativity and confidence as you explore and develop your own creative ideas and music.

The skills you learn on this course not only makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development but also allows you to develop the skills and knowledge required to proceed to further study and/or follow a career in music.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Performing Arts

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Music is a practical, hands-on subject that develops your creativity and imagination, and your musical skills. You will have the opportunity to perform a variety of music in solo and/or group settings using your voice or your chosen instrument(s).

You will also develop your skills in composing, arranging and improvising music, and learn about the social and cultural factors that influence music.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assess your practical skills.

Music: Performing Skills (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Music: Composing Skills (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Note: Both of these units may be taken with a Scottish Context option, which contributes towards the Scottish Studies Award.

Understanding Music (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Music Performance (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the session 2022-23

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. 

You must pass all three units to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Music (National 4)