Throughout the pandemic Trinity has made the safety of all our candidates, examiners and staff our number one priority. Following the UK government’s most recent announcements regarding the planned phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions, and in line with the latest government advice, we can now announce the restart of face-to-face practical exams for the 2021 summer session and beyond in our public and private exam centres in the UK.
The planned restart dates are as follows:
Face-to-face private centre exam bookings will be subject to the usual 8-week advance booking period. All private music centres booking face-to-face exams will need to account for Trinity’s considerations for the safe set up of exams. These have been shared on email with centre representatives.
We are currently not able to confirm the restart of face-to-face exams in the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man – we will update our position on this as soon as it changes.
Our plans are based on the successful rollout of the government’s plans. We will also continue to monitor Covid-19 case rates, as well as considering all other relevant factors for a successful and safe restart. These plans are of course subject to any further government guidance.
We continue to support teachers, candidates and schools across all our subjects through our new Digital Grades and Diplomas exams for music, Rock & Pop and drama. These stand alongside face-to- face assessment as an academically robust and simple-to-use option, and we encourage teachers, candidates and schools working across all of our arts subjects to consider a digital assessment if appropriate and convenient. This option is available to book at any point during the year. Click for more information on our Digital Grades and Diplomas.
To enter any Trinity classical or jazz music exam:
You can enter for an exam at one of Trinity’s public centres - or, if you fulfil certain criteria, request an examiner visit you:
Exam centres and dates
UK - Classical and Jazz, Percussion and Drum Kit
Ireland - Classical and Jazz
Theory exams can be taken at those centres indicated by an orange dot on the UK & Ireland Music centre map.
To enter for an exam, fill in an entry form and send with the appropriate fee to the local representative before the exam closing date as found on the UK & Ireland Music centre map. Each centre has a local representative who can assist you in entering for an exam. The local representative will organise the enrolment and scheduling of the exam, as well as making sure your results and certificates are sent to you after the exam.
Confirmation of booking
You can request confirmation that your application form has been received by including a stamped addressed envelope with your application. Otherwise you should expect an appointment to be confirmed around three weeks in advance of the exam date.
Special needs information
Rock & Pop exams
In response to customer interest, Trinity has introduced a new online booking and payment service for practical music exams in the UK. All music grade, certificate and recital diploma exams (including percussion) are available.
Online booking offers many new benefits – it allows applicants to:
These services aim to make it much easier for teachers, parents and candidates to plan around exams.
Online Booking is available at selected UK centres - please see Music Centres for location details.