Types of Assessment
We offer assessments at varying levels in a wide range of disciplines which are either listed below, or the candidate may wish to combine various disciplines, in order to create a tailor-made assessment.
Our assessors are trained to give you a more relaxed
The grades 1 – 8 are intended to be of a similar standard to other examination boards and are available in the disciplines listed above:
(Available in most disciplines, including ensembles and Chorister).
There are four levels of performance certificate which focus on the performance aspect only. These are ideal for candidates who only wish to perform and get marked on the performance only. These assessments are of a similar standard to the performance section of the specified grade assessments listed below.
Preliminary Certificate (Standard – approx. Grade 1)
Foundation Certificate (Standard – approx. Grade 3-4)
Intermediate Certificate (Standard – approx. Grade 5-6)
Advanced Certificate (Standard – approx. Grade 7-8)
Please note that organists are only eligible for intermediate and advanced certificates.
Diplomas are available at three levels: DipTCSM, ATCSM & FTCSM are available in most disciplines, either listed above or a combination. A high standard of performance is required for the performance based diplomas and candidates can perform to either a small invited audience or just in front of the assessor.
Church Organist Assessments
*Our Church Organist qualifications are designed for church organists who are playing for regular church services, rather than Organ Performance.
Composition & Singer-songwriter
**For diploma assessments in composition / singer-songwriter, the candidate does not attend an assessment as these diplomas are via a submitted portfolio only.
Find out more
Some of the assessment requirements etc are outlined briefly on the menu entitled ‘How they work’.
Obtaining a syllabus etc
Please view the 'contact' page and request a syllabus, which should always be referred to for guidelines / rules & regulations and requirements etc.