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PAA examinations in Musical Theatre are the only 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.

Musical Theatre grades with a difference

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

Accredited by Ofqual and part of the QCF

We're fully accredited 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).

Unique Musical Theatre examinations built with flexibility and creativity in mind

PAA Musical Theatre has been specifically created to give teachers the creative freedom to build a bespoke curriculum around their own teaching styles and existing programme.

PAA candidates are assessed in the core areas of Musical Theatre:

The Performance

If it's a full production of a musical, or a variety show or even an original piece of work The Performance is designed to be flexible and inclusive giving teachers the opportunity to tailor the exam to their students

Technical Skills Demonstration

Short exercises in acting, singing and dancing. This assessment is to encourage a deeper understanding and proficiency of the technical skills required as a musical theatre performer through a group workshop style assessment

Understanding and Reflection

With the opportunity to reflect and discuss their performance at the end of the examination, this enables PAA candidates to become all round and reflective performers


Completing a PAA Grade is a rewarding experience, we'll get you on your path to success in no-time. To get started, simply download the free syllabus and supporting materials below.


Download the syllabus specification and supporting material for free.

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UCAS Points

For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can supersize your university application, earning those all-important UCAS points. Learn more.


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