Level 6 Professional Diploma

RSL’s Professional Diplomas are a clear progression from the graded examinations progressive mastery framework. It provides opportunities for learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of specialist areas such as teaching or working in the creative industries.

Professional Diploma Level 6

Level 6 is typically for experienced professionals looking to enhance their career through the recognition of their current professional practice.

At Level 6, pathways include Teaching, Performance and Creative Enterprise.

Key features at Level 6

  • Flexible progression routes through the choice of optional units
  • Remote Working means fitting this course around your engagements
  • Play to your strengths and choose your own repertoire
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How it works

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Upload your work to our submissions portal for moderation by our expert examining panel.

How is the Qualification Structured?

At Level 6, learners are given the choice of three pathway options. Each pathway has its own core units, and a choice of one optional unit.

Choose from one of the following pathways


The learning process is at the heart of teaching, as well as the ability to plan and facilitate this. In the creative arts, teachers need to consider how to create inspiring and motivating lessons which will engage and encourage students, whilst also delivering to students from a wide range of backgrounds and diversities.

The Teaching pathway consists of three core units.

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Understanding Learning


Planning, Facilitating and Evaluating Learning


Inclusive Learning


The aim of this pathway is to further develop advanced technical skills beyond the standard required for Grade 8/Advanced Foundation and present these through practical performances, and the ability to evaluate and analyse the influences on their personal style.


The Performance pathway consists of two core units.


Advanced Repertoire and Technical Skills (Double)

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Artist Analysis

Creative Enterprise

The creative industries can be a challenging place to find work. As such, this pathway focuses on the ways in which you can market and ‘sell’ your brand within the creative industries as well as learn how to plan and execute a performing arts production as part of a collaboration.

The Creative Enterprise pathway consists of three core units.


Collaborative Production

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Marketing Yourself as a Creative Professional


Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

  • The Level 6 Professional Diploma is assessed remotely and assessment evidence must be submitted digitally. Learners can submit assessment evidence for single units or for the entire Diploma. A full Level 6 Professional Diploma requires assessment evidence to be submitted for four units (three for the Performance pathway).

  • The Diploma qualifications are designed to allow opportunities for flexible progression routes through the choice of optional units which will allow learners to tailor qualifications to meet their own specific needs for either working within the creative industries or for further progression to further training or education.

  • The Level 6 Professional Diploma will contain assessment outcomes benchmarked against the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in the UK. Learners will need to ensure that they can access the appropriate training or learning opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required for this level.

  • There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, candidates should be aware that there will be an expectation of technical knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.

    Applicants for the Teaching pathway must be 18 years of age or older at the time of certification, and must send a scanned copy of their birth certificate/passport/other proof of date of birth with their entry.
    It is recommended that applicants for the Performance and Creative Enterprise pathways are 18 years of age or older and that candidates under this age contact RSL Awards prior to registering.

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Diploma Exam Level 6

Diploma Exam: Level 6

Level 6 Professional Diplomas

Watch the videos below to find out more on the syllabus specification for each pathway of our Level 6 Professional Diplomas .

Diploma Fees

Level Price (GBP)
Level 4 Professional Diploma £295.00
Level 6 Professional Diploma £450.00

Retaking Unit Assessments

Service Fee
Retaking a single unit(s) £50 per unit
Retaking double unit(s) £100 per unit

Enquiries about results / appeals

Service Fee Cap for multiple candidates Refundable
Informal Review No Charge
Clerical Check £10 £50 No
Remark Level 4 £37 per single unit £74 per double unit £100 £200 if there is a change of grade
Remark Level 6 £56 per single unit £112 per double unit £100 £200 if there is a change of grade
Investigation and Report No Charge
First level appeal 60% of exam fee £150 if enquiry is upheld
Second level appeal 75% of exam fee £200 if enquiry is upheld

Replacement Certificates

Service Fee
Replacement Certificate £10

Key Dates

There are no set dates for Professional Diplomas, you can enter anytime.

You have one year to complete your Professional Diploma. With only 40 guided learning hours, the RSL Professional Diplomas offer a flexible route to an accredited qualification.


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General Information

For operational, general information and FAQs relating to our Professional Diplomas, please head over to our help centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The professional diplomas,as the name suggest are designed to recognise expertise in people who are already working in the creative arts industries. They provide recognition for high level achievement in either performance, teaching, or creative enterprise.

    Note: that it is not a requirement for candidates to be active in the music or performing arts industries, just that the level of performance expected is commensurate with this. The practical and vocational nature of the qualifications is intended to enable candidates to use their real-world professional practice when preparing their assessment submissions, where it is possible and feasible for them to do so.

  • Purchase your entry via the RSL Shop. You will then be able to add your details and gain access to your unit modules

    Please note however that RSL Professional Diplomas are externally assessed and are not taught by RSL in the form of a course. It is recommended candidates contact a suitable trainer or mentor who can provide them with opportunities for learning and practical application of skills.

  • There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, candidates should be aware that there will be an expectation of technical knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.

  • Learners are not required to have any recognised prior learning for these qualifications. However, learners should ensure that they are aware of the requirements and expectations of the qualifications before entering for an assessment.

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