Recording of exams (face-to-face delivery)

As a process of best practice, all audio from music face-to-face grade, certificate and diploma exams is recorded by the examiner.

The regulator, Ofqual, demands high standards from awarding bodies in terms of assuring the quality of qualifications, and the recording of exams is an additional tool through which we can continue to monitor and improve the experience for our teachers and candidates.

While the recordings may be used to gather evidence within a complaint or appeal, this is not the primary purpose of the recording. Recordings are stored securely and confidentiality is always maintained.

Recording exams allows us to:

  • Monitor the quality of the examinations through the sampling and moderating of recordings
  • Collect audio examples of music exams to be used for examiner training, standardisation and development purposes

Recording FAQs

Will the equipment impact on a candidate’s exam experience?
The digital recorder is very small and discreet and will be set up before the first exam of the day, and allowed to run throughout the exam session. There will be no microphones or other equipment visible to the candidate, and the recorder is completely soundless.

Can I request a copy of the recording of an exam?
The recordings are for internal use only and will not be released.

Can I request that any or all of the exam is not recorded?
These quality assurance processes are a requirement of any exam board, and if a candidate wishes to enter for one of our exams, they should perform items which they are happy to have recorded under these guidelines.

How are diploma recordings used?
As well as the above, diploma recordings are used for moderation purposes. This forms part of the required process for diploma exams.

How long is my recording stored for?
Recordings are stored in line with Trinity’s data protection policy and are for internal use only.

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