Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to develop you technology skills using GarageBand to undertake projects such as Radio Show, Sound Design and Foley, Audio Book and Multitrack recording. National 5 Music Technology will not only benefit those interested in a performing arts career path, but will also develop intra and interpersonal skills in all young people, allowing them to become more well-rounded individuals. 


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National 5 Music Technology


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week 




Question Paper – 1 hour          


No cost involved


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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 e.g. sound  and lighting for Concerts and other events.


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: 

Studying music helps children

get better grades in Maths and



Music Technology courses incorporate active learning to engage pupils through activities such as recording instruments, creatin sound effects, 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. 


Studying Music Technology will give you the opportunity to learn from professional sound engineers through visits and workshops.

The course assessment consists of: 

Submitting an Assignment to the SQA. This consists of two projects chosen from the following: Radio Show, Sound Design and Film Foley, Multi track recording, Audio Book and Sound Design for Computer Games.

A question paper testing knowledge and understanding of music technology concepts and  sat under exam conditions in May and marked by SQA.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Studying  Music Technology in S3 would be beneficial however many candidates would be capable of achieving National 5 Music Technology without achieving National 4 - please speak to the Principal Teacher of Performing Arts if this is the case. 

what will you get?

National 5 in Music Technology.

The course is graded  

A: Band 1, Band 2 

B: Band 3, Band 4 

C: Band 5, Band 6 

D: Band 7


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, Foley artist, theatre technician, DJ, radio presenter, sound engineer, agent,  film scorer, and video game composer.

However, most careers will suit a course in music technology, as even if not directly linked to performing arts, music technology 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, web designer and college/university lecturer are only some examples. 



Skills developed through Music Technology:

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

Leadership: 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:  recording assignments.

Communication:  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.

Baxter and Morgan - S4

We like the practical projects in in Music Technology but we don't like  the written parts.

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Ailidh - S5

I am  also studying Adv H music which has helped me with the listening part of the course. I have never studied Music Technology before but I am finding it really interesting. I would advise pupils to take it in S3 then you can jump into the course.

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Ryan - S4

I really enjoy N5 Music Technology. I am drawn to the subject and find it fun as I love music in general. The skills I am learning are transferable to my other IT related subjects. 

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