Music special needs

Trinity is committed to creating an inclusive environment where candidates with special needs, disabilities and health conditions are able to demonstrate their skills and feel welcomed.

We aim to make our exams accessible to all. We treat each learner individually when considering how we can achieve this aim, recognising that requirements vary. Candidates can be assured that we do not compromise on the standard of marking or allow the quality of exams to be affected in any way.

For candidates who require any adjustments to their exam, or simply wish to make the examiner aware of a disability or health condition, a special needs provision form, must be completed and submitted with their entry along with appropriate supporting evidence (if required - see details below).

Special needs provision form – European countries Special needs provision form – Non-European countries

Forms should be submitted at least 28 days prior to the exam date, and requests for amended exam materials such as Braille require at least six weeks’ notice. Notes and forms handed to the examiner on the day of the exam are not acceptable.

Special needs provision

Please see details for some of the options available for candidates with special needs. This information is not exhaustive, and we strive to respond to candidates’ individual needs where possible.

Practical exams
Theory exams
Alternative supporting tests – for candidates with sensory loss

For requirements not listed please contact to discuss your needs.

Supporting evidence

We require evidence of need for any adjustments which could potentially give an advantage to any candidates who do not need them, or which alter content of the exam. Please refer to the table below to find which adjustments supporting evidence is required for.

Evidence should be from a qualified medical or educational professional, and should demonstrate how the candidate’s condition may affect access to the exam in question. Trinity reserves the right to reject requests for adjustments if sufficient information is not provided.

If you are not sure whether your evidence is suitable, please contact


Evidence required?

Extra time


Memory Test


Aural Awareness test


Enlarged / modified tests


Braille tests


Examiner briefed



Please contact  



Blind and partially sighted candidates – Trinity music publications

  • A growing range of Trinity music ebooks is available on RNIB Bookshare – if the publication is not on Bookshare, please make a request through RNIB
  • For modified stave or braille editions, please contact or 01752 690092


If a candidate, or their representative, is not satisfied with the decision made by Trinity College London with regard to special needs provision, they have the right to appeal. Any appeal must be submitted in writing to, with supporting evidence as appropriate.

Please note that, while an appeal will be considered and concluded within 30 days of receipt, this may prevent the candidate from sitting the exam on the chosen date.

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