FACE TO FACE EXAMS
All of the examining bodies we use offer universally recognised qualifications. Exam boards have 3 examining period each year held in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The exact dates in each period vary slightly each year but offer a window to take exams of around 5 weeks. We often act as an external venue for Rockschool and Trinity exams. ABRSM are usually held at a local venue – The St Barnabus Centre in Thorley usually but you pick any venue offered during the booking and payment process online.
Due to COVID19 a lot of face to face exams had to be cancelled. This has resulted in each examining board having to find an alternative. At the moment this is a recorded exam which is sent to the board to be marked. We believe there will be live virtual exams will be possible in the future and will keep an eye on each exam board.
RSL - ROCKSCHOOL
RSL was founded on an ethos to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. Being at the forefront of the industry for over 25 years.
ABRSM - ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC
ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. As a registered charity, we also make significant donations towards music education initiatives around the world.
LCM - LONDON COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Established in 1877, the London College of Music Examinations (LCME) is the longest-established exam board for the creative arts in the UK and the only one that is part of a leading British university, the University of West London.
Trinity College London believes that effective communicative and performance skills are life enhancing, know no bounds and should be within reach of us all.
We exist to promote and foster the best possible communicative and performance skills through assessment, content and training which is innovative, personal and authentic.
Booking an Exam
You will need to book an exam online yourself once you or the student are prepared by the teacher. By booking independently on the relevant exam boards website, you can choose the best date for your circumstances as well as a suitable venue. Please ask staff for assistance if you are unsure of the process. Students will be fully prepared by their teacher for their next upcoming exam grade. If a student is put forward for an exam before they are fully prepared their grade may suffer and you even run the risk of failing the exam. Exams are NOT an “on-demand” service but they should not be considered a regular event. On average, students tend to progress through exams at the rate of 1 grade per year. This is not a guarantee however, just an average.
Exam Booking Deadlines
Please pay close attention to the exam entry deadline dates and ensure you enter for your next exam successfully. You will need to make payment within the published deadlines as delays may mean you have to wait until the next exam period. Below are some useful links that should help you with the exam booking process. However, we always recommend that you check the latest details on the exam boards own website in case there are any recent updates or changes you need to know about.
Orchestral Instrument Exams
These include Flute, Clarinet, All Saxophones, Oboe and Violin and apply to ALL examining boards. As part of the exam you will be required to use the services of a piano accompanist. You can either organise your own or we can suggest a suitable accompanist. You will need to book the accompanist in advance and there is a separate fee for this service paid directly to them. Additionally, the accompanist will need to attend the exam venue for the day of your exam.
Higher Graded Exam Requirements all Boards
In the case of higher grade exams (grades 6, 7 and 8) passing the exam will gain UCAS points for further education. For this reason, grades 6-8 will require the student to present a photo ID to the examiner at the time of the exam.
ABRSM Music Theory
Specific to ABRSM, there is a requirement to pass your grade 5 music theory exam before you can progress to grade 6,7 or 8 practical exams.
All exam boards require you to arrive for your exam with an original piano accompaniment sheet (for orchestral instruments) and/or the chosen pieces to use in the exam. So when buying grade pieces, always choose the version with the instrumental score AND the piano part for your accompanist. Pease look after the piano accompaniment sheets as these cannot be purchased separately if they get lost or damaged.
These will be sent to you in the post usually around 3-4 weeks after the exam period closes. There is one exception to this which is the ABRSM Prep test where the certificate is issued on the day of the exam by the examiner. Should a candidate not achieve the minimum required pass mark, regardless of examining board, a certificate will not be issued but you will receive a mark sheet with examiners comments. With careful student preparation by our teachers, this is unlikely to ever be an issue.