Vocational & Technical Qualifications

As a specialist contemporary arts awarding body, we work to create engaging Vocational Qualifications to reflect the changing demands of the creative industries, with an ongoing commitment to motivate and support teachers and learners alike.

RSL Awards currently operates in over 50 countries, certificating over 100,000 learners each year.

How do Vocational Qualifications work?

When studying for vocational qualifications in creative subjects, we believe the key focus should be on the application and development of creativity. This allows the learner to have a vocationally-relevant experience whilst studying for a qualification with the rigour and recognition of other qualifications in schools, colleges and training providers.

RSL Awards have a complete portfolio of Creative Industries Qualifications, covering Music, Performing Arts and Creative Digital Media from Levels 1-5.

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Qualification Subject areas

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Creative Music Industry

For careers in music! Build the most industry relevant and practical qualification on the market at Levels 1-3.
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Creative and Performing Arts

With pathways for dancers, actors, musical theatre performers and technicians, these qualifications allow learners to put their talent at the forefront. Tech Levels available at Level 3.
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Creative Digital Media

Creative Digital Media qualifications span a range of sizes at Levels 1-3, with pathways in Interactive Digital Media, Game Design and Social Media.
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Creative Industry Practitioners

Adapt your curriculum delivery with qualifications at Level 3-5 across Music, Performing Arts, Digital Media, or Business.
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Creative Practitioners

The ultimate Artist Development qualification at Level 4. Renowned alumni such as Ed Sheeran & Jess Glynne studied on these qualifications.
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Creative Art and Design

RSL Awards’ Creative Art and Design qualifications comprise two pathways at Level 3: ‘Art and Design’ and ‘Fashion’.
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Holistic Wellbeing

Equipping practitioners with the skills, knowledge and coaching competencies needed to understand and foster positive wellbeing in the Creative Industries.
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Music Practitioners

Directly influence the future of the Music Industry! Performance Tables Tech Levels available at Level 3.
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Cyflwyno Vocational Qualifications yn Gymraeg

Mae RSL Awards yn falch bod ei fanylebau Ymarferwyr Cerdd a Chelfyddydau Creadigol a Pherfformio sy'n arwain y farchnad ar gael yn y Gymraeg.
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International VQ

Based outside of the UK? Find see all our available qualification suites from Levels 1–5 in your chosen subject area…
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Syllabus Downloads

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Creative Music Industry

Download the Creative Music Industry Level 1–3 syllabus pack
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Creative and Performing Arts Level 1-3

Download the Level 1-3 Creative and Performing Arts syllabus pack
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Tech Levels for Creative and Performing Arts

Download the Tech Levels Level 3 Creative and Performing Arts syllabus pack
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Creative and Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma

Download the Creative and Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma (confirmed for DfE Performance Tables) syllabus pack
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Creative Digital Media

Download the Creative Digital Media Level 1–3 syllabus pack
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Creative Industries Practitioners Level 3

Download the Creative Industries Practitioners Level 3 syllabus pack
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Creative Industries Practitioners Level 4-5

Download the Creative Industries Practitioners Level 4-5 syllabus pack
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Creative Practitioners Level 4

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Holistic Wellbeing Level 3

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Holistic Wellbeing Coaching Level 4

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Music Practitioners Level 1-3

Download the Music Practitioners Level 1–3 syllabus pack
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Tech Levels for Music Practitioners

Download the Tech Levels Level 3 Music Practitioners syllabus pack
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Creative Art and Design

Download the Creative Art and Design Level 3 syllabus pack
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Ymarferwyr Cerdd Lefel 1 – 3 (Cymraeg)

Lawrlwythwch y maes llafur Ymarferwyr Cerddoriaeth Lefel 1-3 yn y Gymraeg
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Celfyddydau Creadigol A Pherfformio Lefel 1-3 (Cymraeg)

Lawrlwythwch faes llafur y Celfyddydau Creadigol A Pherfformio Lefel 1-3 yn y Gymraeg
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RSL Alumni

At RSL we pride ourselves on designing qualifications that are relevant to today’s creative industries. RSL VQ’s have not only led to high profile performing careers but have also provided many young people with a viable route to work in the music and performing arts sector.

Lets Eat Grandma
L3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners
Ed Sheeran
L4 Creative Practitioners
Jess Glyne
L4 Creative Practitioners
Maisie Peters
Level 2 Certificate Music Practitioners
Albert Gold
L4 Creative Practitioners
Swim Deep
L2 Diploma
Mimi Webb
Level 3 Sub Dip Music Practitioners
Lets Eat Grandma
L3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners
Ed Sheeran
L4 Creative Practitioners
Jess Glyne
L4 Creative Practitioners
Maisie Peters
Level 2 Certificate Music Practitioners
Albert Gold
L4 Creative Practitioners
Swim Deep
L2 Diploma
Mimi Webb
Level 3 Sub Dip Music Practitioners

Maisie Peters. © Creative Commons Justin Higuchi
Mimi Webb. © Creative Commons Stian Schløsser Møller

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    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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