Internationally recognised Drums Grades for rock and pop drummers
Enter for your Drums exam in four quick steps
The October to December deadline is 1 October
Rockschool Drums Grades will prove your ability, improve your playing, expand your knowledge – and earn an internationally recognised qualification by playing the instrument you love. Learn all the technique you'll need to cut it in any session or on any stage in the world of rock and pop.
Drums grades with a difference.
Plot your Stylistic Specialism
For every Drums Grade, you can plot your stylistic specialism, meaning you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the style of drumming you love
Free Choice Pieces
Play your favourite rhythms in your exam; metal, indie, rock, prog... the choice is yours! Learn more.
For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can supersize your university application, with up to 30 UCAS points awarded at Grade 8. Learn more.
Every Rockschool drums grade has been designed to give you a solid understanding of musical theory, enabling you to confidently articulate your musical talents.
Accredited throughout the UK
Take a Rockschool Drums Grade and you'll earn an internationally recognised qualification that is accredited by every UK regulatory body. Learn more about RSL's accreditation.
Get a copy of the Premiere syllabus:
Get a copy of the Debut - Grade 8 syllabus:
Find a Centre
We have drums centres all across the UK and in 38 other countries around the globe. Find your nearest UK centre.
Find a Teacher
Looking for a drums teacher, or a teacher for another instrument? We can help! Find a teacher.
My son has done all 8 drum exams with rock school - it spurred him on and kept his music dream alive. I've just had to call rock school and they were so friendly.- Terence Davenport
I have just changed our school's chosen examination board to Rockschool and I am 100% confident we've made the right decision.- Gemma Sugrue
Awesome exam board, really accessible and the selection on the Hot rock series is just that HOT!!! Only on Grade 2 but loving it all the same- Brian Walters