Introducing the Associate Awards


Keep Your Progress on Track

If you or your students have successfully completed a Grade 8 Rockschool, RSL Classical or PAA exam, these qualifications look to take performance skills to a professional level.


Complete Accessibility

The Associate Award offers practical alternatives to RSL’s Professional Diplomas and allow learners of any age to continue developing their performance skills beyond Grade 8. All evidence is submitted online for external assessment by RSL by individual candidates.


Practically Focussed

There are no written components to these qualifications. Assessment is solely based on performance, providing recognition of a higher level of technical and professional performance skills.

Rockschool Academic

Post Nominals

Achievement of these qualifications entitle you to use the following post nominal letters after your name at Level 4 and Level 6 respectively: PRSL (Practitioner of RSL) and APRSL (Advanced Practitioner of RSL).


Academically Rigorous

The PRSL qualification (RQF Level 4) is broadly equivalent in terms of performance demand to the first year of a university degree, whilst the APRSL (RQF Level 6) is equivalent to the performance demand of a final year of an undergraduate degree.


Candidate Support

Exemplar materials and indicative repertoire lists demonstrate how these qualifications can be undertaken in a range of styles or genres, exemplifying the standard expected at each level. Submission guidance and information on how to select an appropriate theme are also available to candidates.

Digital Files

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 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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