Musical Theatre

PAA Musical Theatre

PAA examinations in Musical Theatre were the first examinations in the UK to examine a group performance whilst assessing each candidate individually. PAA Musical Theatre examinations are accessible for all ages and abilities and provides teachers with the creativity and flexibility to enable every child to succeed. Contact us to start delivering PAA qualifications.




Creative and flexible content chosen by the teacher

The format and content of a PAA Musical Theatre performance is completely up to the teacher. Choosing either a Show or a Group performance, PAA exams are inclusive enabling children to perform together no matter what age or grade.

Creating an all round performer

PAA Musical Theatre examinations contain three core elements, The Performance, Technical Skills and Understanding and Reflection producing a well rounded performer equipped with industry relevant skills and knowledge.

Our examiners come to you

Our Musical Theatre examiners come to you, meaning examinations take place at your preferred location where your students are comfortable, and can perform to the best of their abilities.

UCAS points

UCAS points are available at grades 6, 7 and 8, supporting students progression onto University, or for a career in the performing arts industry.

Regulated by Ofqual and part of the QCF

We're fully regulated by the UK government body, Ofqual. Our Musical Theatre grades are internationally recognised and carry huge rewards.

Beginner to advanced

We assess the complete range of musical theatre levels from the early stages (Debut) all the way up to a professional standard (Grade 8).

The Exam

PAA Grade Exams has been specifically designed to give teachers the creative freedom to build a bespoke curriculum around their own teaching styles and existing programme.

Musical Theatre Exams are assessed in three key areas:


A group piece of musical theatre, performed from memory, in which candidates perform a range of acting, singing and dancing throughout


Acting, singing or dancing skills demonstrated through a series of short exercises designed to be achievable during a class warm up or technical workshop over a number of weeks


The sharing of ideas on the given topic based on the performance seen in the examination in a discussion facilitated by the examiner

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Exam periods

PAA examinations are open all year round and can be scheduled to fit with your existing programme. -

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Exam Fees

To make PAA examinations truly accessible, we operate a no membership fee policy, meaning we only charge an examination entry fee per candidate. (subject to a minimum fee for face-to-face and live video exams)

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