Band Exams

Rockschool's Band Exams are perfect for people who are in a band, learning together. The exams are taken with all instruments playing the parts from the grade books together, as a group. The ability to play realistic parts while interacting with other musicians is invaluable training in itself and a feature that isn't available in any other syllabus.


Rockschool's Band Exams are accredited and have respective QCF credit values and UCAS points. Click on a specific grade below to view more information.

Grade Level QCF Credit UCAS Points Accredited
Grade 3 Level 1 12 - Accredited
Grade 5 Level 2 18 - Accredited
Grade 8 Level 3 32 55-75 Accredited

These qualifications are accredited with: OfQual, DCELLS and CCEA.

Key Facts About Band Exams

Some facts about band exams:

  • Band exams are offered in Guitar, Bass, Drums and Band Based Keyboards at Grades 3, 5 and 8
  • Bands can be three piece (Guitar, Bass and Drums) or four piece (Guitar, Bass, Drums and Band Based Keyboards)
  • Band exams are Performance Certificates, so consist of 5 performance pieces and no other tests or exercises
  • Candidates can either perform five out of the six pieces printed in the Grade Books, or three pieces from the Grade Books and two free choice pieces. For guidance about writing a piece or choosing a piece of established repertoire please go to the Free Choice Pieces section of this website

Further Information

For full details of requirements of the performance pieces, please see the respective Syllabus Guide by following one of these links:

Adobe Reader Icon Guitar Syllabus
(1.1MB, 40 pages, .pdf)
Adobe Reader Icon Bass Syllabus
(1.1MB, 40 pages, .pdf)
Adobe Reader Icon Drums Syllabus
(1.1MB, 41 pages, .pdf)
Adobe Reader Icon Band Based Keys Syllabus
(2.7MB, 51 pages, .pdf)

For the repertoire available at each grade, see the respective Grade Book, available for each instrument at each grade from

For Band Exam timings contact us.

Exam Centres

Rockschool has a long list of exam centres all across the UK and internationally. You can locate an exam centre by using our centre search tool.