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with Tom Gates!

From DogZombies to Dude3, music is a HUGE part of the Tom Gates world. Learn how to play all your favourite songs from the series with REAL notation for: guitar, ukulele, piano, recorder, drums, and tips and tricks for vocals.

Tom Gates Music Book

If you love Tom Gates, and you love music, then you’re in luck! In this book, you get both! Oh, and did we mention the cool mobile app created by 3FireMusic that lets you practise with a virtual band? Plus, the music in this book can be used for your Rockschool Debut Graded Music exam in piano, guitar, drums or ukulele. Does that sound good? Then get this book!



Rockschool Graded Music Exams

For a graded music exam, you will be asked to play three songs from the Tom Gates Music Book as well as some technical exercises and tests from the Rockschool syllabus. You’ll need an extra book for the instrument you’re studying. That and the rest of the details can be found on the Rockschool page.


Find a Teacher or Institution

Find your nearest RSL Awards teacher by using the search below. Our exams are also available across the globe. Click here to search international teachers or institutions.

Graded Music Exam Fees

Please find all graded music exam fees below. Simply select your chosen exam format and your location to see the relevant fees.

Exam grade Price
Entry Level 3 (Debut) £52.00
Grade 1 £58.00
Grade 2 £64.00
Grade 3 £74.00
Grade 4 £81.00
Grade 5 £91.00
Grade 6 £101.00
Grade 7 £111.00
Grade 8 £121.00

Please see “other fees” below relating to UK Graded Music Exams.

Late Entry, Date Changes & Deferrals

Service Applicable When... Fee
Date Change Changing exam date/time after appointment slip has been issued £15
Deferral Deferring exam to future exam period 50% of exam fee

Please see the UK Graded Exams Date Change & Deferral policy for circumstances where the fee can be waived.

In the event that your video submission cannot be marked or marking is impacted because guidelines have not been followed correctly, you will be charged 75% of the entry fee to make a resubmission.

Enquiries about Results / Appeals

Service Fee Cap for Multiple Candidates Refundable
Informal Review No Charge N/A N/A
Clerical Check £10 £50 No
Remark 50% of Exam Fee £100 If marks change by more than +/-5 or there is a change of assessment band
Investigation and Report No Charge N/A N/A
First Level Appeal 60% of Exam Fee £150 If enquiry is upheld
Second Level Appeal 75% of Exam Fee £200 If enquiry if upheld

Replacement Certificate

Service Fee
Replacement Certificate £10

Graded Music Exam Dates

See the dates below for face-to-face Graded Music Exams for all Rockschool and RSL Classical disciplines in the UK. Music Production and Theory exams are conducted online and are not bound by any set exam periods.

Term Exam Dates Closing Date
A 2023 20th February - 16th April 2023 13th February 2023
B 2023 15th May - 6th August 2023 9th May 2023
Summer Exams 2023 7th – 21st August 2023 24th July 2023
C 2023 30th October - 23rd December 2023 23rd October 2023


Please note: dates are subject to change. Ensure you check back prior to entry to avoid entering for the incorrect exam period.

If you would like to book a private exam day in the UK, please email business@rslawards.com

If you are based outside the UK, please click “Choose a country” to learn more and get in touch with our international partners…

Ready to take an exam?

Simply purchase your exam entry from our online shop before completing your exam details via your RSL Awards secure account.

Exam Sign Up

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 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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