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SQA News 25 January 2024

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Music - correction to performance programme timings

Due to an administrative error, the ‘Completion of Candidate Mark Sheets’ document, containing last session’s performance programme timings, was issued to centres on Wednesday 17 January.  

‘Completion of Candidate Mark Sheets v2.0’ – which contains the correct performance programme timings – was emailed to SQA co-ordinators on Friday 19 January. A hard copy of the correct document was also posted to centres on Monday 22 January.  

Please disregard any previous versions, and only use ‘Completion of Candidate Mark Sheets v2.0’. 

As stated in the course specification and the information for teachers and lecturers document, the programme timings for session 2023–24 are as below: 


 National 5 


 Advanced       Higher 

 Minimum programme duration   across either two instruments
 or one instrument and voice 

 8 minutes 

 12 minutes 

 18 minutes 

 Maximum programme duration   across either two instruments
 or one instrument and voice 

 8 minutes


 30 seconds 

 13 minutes 

 20 minutes 

 Minimum programme duration on
 one instrument or voice 

 2 minutes 

 4 minutes 

 6 minutes 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.