We have extended the range of music accepted for use in our examinations, allowing students from other examination boards to still achieve their qualifications!

 

Following communications received both directly and via social media, we have become aware that there are a number of students who are currently unable to take Graded Music exams with a variety of examination boards. In some cases this has meant they are unable to gain the UCAS points awarded at Grades 6-8 and progress to their chosen higher education course.

RSL Awards are able to deliver the examination of graded exams through asynchronous recorded submission, since the successful launch of our video exams. Therefore, to ensure that as many students as possible are able to gain their expected qualification, we have extended the range of music accepted for use in our examinations.

For Piano, Keyboard, Vocals, and Acoustic Guitar, music in genres other than popular music which is set for exams of other recognised boards will be automatically accepted as free choice pieces for the equivalent grade. Candidates will also be able to check the suitability of any wider repertoire in other genres through the established Free Choice Piece checking process. Pieces will be assessed through examination in exactly the same way as our standard repertoire using the published assessment criteria, thereby maintaining our rigorous academic standards.

The inclusion of this repertoire will allow candidates to play pieces they have prepared for other graded examination boards in their RSL Awards Graded Exam. However, the number of free choice pieces allowed in RSL Graded Music exams will not change, meaning that a proportion of the music performed will continue to be in popular music styles.

Types of Exam Available

Graded Examination

  • 3 Performance Pieces (2 of which may now be free choice pieces using any genre)
  • Technical Exercises
  • Unprepared Work

Graded Certificate – Video Exam

  • 3 Performance Pieces (2 of which may now be free choice pieces using any genre)
  • Technical Exercises

Performance Certificate – Video Exam

  • 5 Performance Pieces (3 of which may now be free choice pieces using any genre)


Teachers: Download your free sample packs!

To help you understand the content and process of Rockschool's examination process, simply download our sample packs below!

Rockschool Acoustic Sample Pack

Rockschool Piano Sample Pack

Rockschool Keys Sample Pack


RSL Awards is taking this action in the context of measures proposed by the UK Government and the examinations regulators to ensure that as many students as possible are able to achieve qualifications this year, by means of adaption to normal examination processes where necessary.

We will continue this adaptation for a period of 1 year, or until the effects of Covid-19 materially change (whichever is sooner).