National 4 Music Technology

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The National 4 Music Technology Course enables learners to develop basic skills in the use of music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio. The Course also enables learners to use music technology creatively in sound production and to develop an understanding of a range of 20th and 21st century music styles and genres.

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Mandatory information

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.

Advice and guidance

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

Assessment support

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Added Value Unit Assessment

The Music Technology Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. Centres are permitted to adapt the published assessment within limits that are clearly described in the Assessment Overview of the Added Value Unit assessment.

In accordance with this, the assessor provides overall guidelines for the assignment and a list of questions/tasks/prompts, similar to those provided in the exemplars, designed to lead candidates through the assignment in clear stages. A brief (including a minimum of four parts, at least one of which should involve the use of a microphone) is agreed between the candidate and assessor, and candidates respond to this to demonstrate application of musical and technical knowledge and skills at an appropriate level.

Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.


Understanding Standards materials

We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:

  • Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
  • Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.

More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.


Verification and Course Reports

There was no Round 1 verification activity at this level in 2016.