Dates & Fees

Graded Music Exams Dates & Fees

We want you to be as prepared as possible when it comes to entering for your graded music exam. On the page you will find our the exam periods and fees associated with your Rockschool or RSL Classical exam format.

Graded Music Exam Dates

See the dates below for face-to-face Graded Music Exams for all Rockschool and RSL Classical disciplines in the UK. Music Production and Theory exams are conducted online and are not bound by any set exam periods.

Term Exam Dates Closing Date
A 2024 19th February - 14th April 2024 12th February 2024
B 2024 13th May - 31st July 2024 7th May 2024
Summer Exams 2024 1st - 12th August 2024 22nd July 2024
C 2024 28th October - 21st December 2024 21st October 2024

 

Please note: dates are subject to change. Ensure you check back prior to entry to avoid entering for the incorrect exam period.

If you would like to book a private exam day in the UK, please email business@rslawards.com

If you are based outside the UK, please click “Choose a country” to learn more and get in touch with our international partners…

Graded Music Exam Fees

Please find all graded music exam fees below. Simply select your chosen exam format, instrument / discipline and your location to see the relevant fees.

(Please note: Premiere level exams are Performance Certificate only)

Exam grade Price
Entry Level 3 (Debut) £52.00
Grade 1 £58.00
Grade 2 £64.00
Grade 3 £74.00
Grade 4 £81.00
Grade 5 £91.00
Grade 6 £101.00
Grade 7 £111.00
Grade 8 £121.00

Please note:

In order to take an RSL Graded Music Exam it is mandatory to also purchase a Grade Book or have an active Student subscription for the RSL Learning Platform. Please visit the RSL Shop for book purchase options and prices. Information about RSL Learning Platform subscription pricing is available here…

Various supplementary resources which are not mandatory but will help candidates prepare for the exam are also available for purchase via the RSL Shop.

Various supplementary resources for Music Theory and Music Production exams which are not mandatory but will help candidates prepare for the exam are available for purchase via the RSL Shop.

Fees are subject to change. E-Certificate is included. Printed certificate available for an additional fee.

Entry Level: Teacher Assessed

Individual Whole Group
£7.50 per candidate £7.50 per candidate

Face-to-Face Assessments

Individual Individual Whole Group Whole Group
Per Group of 2 Per Additional Candidate Per Group of 2 Per Additional Candidate
Level 1 £50 £10 £50 £6
Level 2 £75 £15 £75 £6
Level 3 £100 £20 £100 £6

Recorded Digital Assessments

Individual Individual Whole Group Whole Group
Per Group of 2 Per Additional Candidate Per Group of 2 Per Additional Candidate
Level 1 £40 £10 £40 £6
Level 2 £60 £15 £60 £6
Level 3 £80 £20 £80 £6

Music Production Graded Exams

Exam Grade Price
Grade 1 £50.00
Grade 2 £50.00
Grade 3 £50.00
Grade 4 £72.00
Grade 5 £72.00
Grade 6 £90.00
Grade 7 £90.00
Grade 8 £90.00

*E-certificate included. Printed certificate available for an additional £3 per exam (certificates are only issued for Pass, Merit or Distinction results).

Popular Music Theory Graded Exams

Exam Grade Price
Debut £30.00
Grade 1 £35.00
Grade 2 £35.00
Grade 3 £35.00
Grade 4 £43.00
Grade 5 £43.00
Grade 6 £53.00
Grade 7 £53.00
Grade 8 £53.00

*E-certificate included. Printed certificate available for an additional £3 per exam (certificates are only issued for Pass, Merit or Distinction results).

Please see “other fees” below relating to UK Graded Music Exams.

Late Entry, Date Changes & Deferrals

Service Applicable When... Fee
Date Change Changing exam date/time after appointment slip has been issued £15
Deferral Deferring exam to future exam period 50% of exam fee

Please see the UK Graded Exams Date Change & Deferral policy for circumstances where the fee can be waived.

In the event that your video submission cannot be marked or marking is impacted because guidelines have not been followed correctly, you will be charged 75% of the entry fee to make a resubmission.

Enquiries about Results / Appeals

Service Fee Cap for Multiple Candidates Refundable
Informal Review No Charge N/A N/A
Clerical Check £10 £50 No
Remark 50% of Exam Fee £100 If marks change by more than +/-5 or there is a change of assessment band
Investigation and Report No Charge N/A N/A
First Level Appeal 60% of Exam Fee £150 If enquiry is upheld
Second Level Appeal 75% of Exam Fee £200 If enquiry if upheld

Replacement Certificate

Service Fee
Replacement Certificate £10

What type of certificate will I receive?

We issue certificates for all exams with a result of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Unfortunately, an Unclassified result does not lead to a certificate.

For all UK / Ireland graded exam entries, entrants choose the type of certificate:

  • eCertificate: This is a secure digital certificate which will be emailed to the entrant. Further information: eCertificates
  • Paper certificate: This is a printed certificate with security features. Choosing this option incurs a surcharge of £3 (Ireland: €3.50) per exam in addition to the exam fees and any late fees. The Paper certificate will be posted to the entrant’s address. When this option is chosen a digital eCertificate is also emailed to the entrant.

Both types of certificates feature a QR code which is also clickable from the eCertificate. This code can be used to validate the authenticity of the certificate via AuthentiQual.com

You can choose which certificate type you want when purchasing an exam entry.

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Ready to take an exam?

Simply purchase your exam entry from our online shop before completing your exam details via your RSL Awards secure account.

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Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via www.musicroom.com. The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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