Sqa Advanced Higher Music Dissertation

These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.

This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.

Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Producing and Submitting Coursework

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.

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.

There was no round 2 verification activity at this level in 2017.


Performing 1 – Continue to specialise on an instrument/voice learnt within NQ course or an instrument in which you receive instrumental lessons.  ABRSM/Trinity – Grade 5 and Above

Performing 2 – As above, on a second instrument/voice.  ABRSM/Trinity – Grade 5 and Above

Submit a folio of two pieces of your own music compositions using all the NQ level concepts.  Two contrasting styles of composition are required. You will use keyboard, your own instrument and the Sibelius Music Computer Software programme produce the final folio.

At Advanced Higher level pupils now explore various styles and periods of Musical development.  Audio and audio visual materials are used to engage learners to recognise Music in differing contexts.

Analytical Commentary
Pupils are required to submit an Analytical Commentary to SQA which demonstrates an in-depth analysis of two musical works.  Using the NQ concepts, pupils are required to produce a critical essay displaying an understanding of the musical ideas presented within the works.


Analytical Commentary

Literacy and theory booklet

Regular practice on chosen instruments.

Listening to a wide variety of musical genres.

Revision materials are available on the Learning and Teaching Scotland website.

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