Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to perform both in the classroom and in the wider community. National 2 Performance Arts will  develop intra and interpersonal skills in all young people, allowing them to become more well-rounded individuals. 


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National 2 Performance Arts


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


1 mandatory unit


2 optional units from a choice of 3


This course is interally assessed.


No necessary costs.


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Mr Fraser

Mr Murray

Mr Paterson


This course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development by providing you with a broad range of skills which incorporates practical experience of performing, listening to and composing music. It also allows you to develop and extend your interest in music and acquire more specialist skills in an area which may be of interest to you. You also have the opportunity to participate in our extracurricular music groups. 


Skill Development Scotland state: 

Around 100,000 people are employed in the creative and digital industry in Scotland. 


From a study conducted by the University of Florida, young people who study music are 4 times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement. 


Young people who participate in music-related activities achieve significantly higher marks in Science, Maths, and English exams in secondary school than non-musical classmates, according to a new large-scale study.


More information can be found

through this link: 

How does playing an instrument

benefit your brain? 

Studying music helps children

get better grades in Maths and



Music courses incorporate active learning to engage pupils through activities such as composing, performing, and listening to/analysing music. Frequent team building tasks in addition to independent work suit all styles of learning and prepare students for the world of work. 


This style of active learning is also very popular with students and most enjoy, and look forward to, going to their classes. 

This Course consists of a combination of mandatory and optional Units. Learners who complete the mandatory Unit and any combination of optional Units will be able to demonstrate their ability in the same skills.

The mandatory Unit introduces learners to the range of skills and contexts available within performance arts. The optional Units provide scope for personalisation and choice, and provide learners with opportunities to further explore, develop and practise their skills in different contexts.


Some learners may choose to complete additional optional Units from the Course. Learners will benefit from this opportunity to extend their learning.

Mandatory Unit:

Developing Performance Skills:

  • Performance skills can include dance, drama, music, movement, recital and song. 


Optional Units (any two from the following three units)

 Using Performance Skills 

  • Learning  how to appreciate performance styles, approaches and conventions, and to use performance skills in a range of contexts.                                        


Contributing to a Performance

  • Contributing to a performance by participating in a planned performance activity to an audience.

Developing Personal Ideas: Performance Arts 

  • To allow the learner to develop and perform their own ideas, based on personal interests, through exploring and using a selection of techniques, processes and materials. The learner will choose a theme for study and will develop performance activities in the context of the chosen theme. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Studying a Performing Arts subject in S3 would be beneficial however  many candidates would be capable of achieving National 2 Performance Arts without studying Music, Music Technology or Drama in S3 .

what will you get?

National 2 in Performance Arts

The course is graded  



Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


my world of work

Some typical careers that you might immediately think of include music teacher, music therapist, music critic, session musician, performer, musical instrument maker/repairer, theatre technician, DJ, sound engineer and accompanist. 


However, most careers will suit a course in music, as even if not directly linked to performing arts, music will allow young people to become more rounded individuals. Primary teacher, lawyer/solicitor, doctor, nurse, dentist, orthodontist, beautician, vet, nursery nurse, journalist, IT Analyst, librarian, events management, advertising, local government project officer, mathematician, banking, management positions and college/university lecturer are only some examples. 
















Skills developed through Performing Arts

Problem Solving: reading music notation, working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic. 

Leadership: leading a group of musicians, building confidence, organisational skills. All music courses require you to complete coursework which demands you take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies. 

Teamwork: performing in a group, recording compositions.

Communication: performing in a group/as a soloist, presenting, interaction with others, using clear and concise language to effectively express your thoughts and ideas when both analysing music and reviewing your composition.


Other: dexterity , fine motor skills and memory skills.

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

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Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.