Trinity - Digital Grades and Diplomas

Fully compliant with the requirements of Ofqual’s Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework, these exams enable any candidate who had planned to take a face-to-face graded exam, or diploma, to switch over and receive the same recognition. 

DIGITAL - requirements (See this link for details):

  • 3 PIECES (66 marks) from the repertoire lists
  • TECHNICAL WORK (14 marks) - For set A or B scales and arpeggios close your music and remove it from the stand. If you use a checklist hold it up to the camera. For your exercises use your music. 
  • OVERALL PERFORMANCE (20 marks) - Performance delivery and focus (10) + Musical awareness (10)

The syllabuses here: piano, strings, keyboard rock n pop  For details of technical work click here


Trinity publish selected pieces in exam books. They recommend editions for other pieces, but unless specified otherwise you may use any reliable edition that is not shortened or simplified. Music must come from a legitimate source. See the UK Music Publishers Association’s Code of Fair Practice  You must meet UK copyright and intellectual property laws.


For graded exams, use an acoustic (grand or upright) or digital piano . The una corda and sustaining pedals should be functional if used in the exam.  Digital pianos must have sufficient range for the selected pieces, without adjustments to the score, and must have a touch-sensitive, weighted keyboard.(For diploma exams (ATCL, LTCL): an acoustic grand or upright piano must be used for solo piano diplomas.)


Up to grade 3 you may use an electronic keyboard, as long as it is touch-sensitive and can achieve all technical and musical demands of the pieces.  The instrument should have a sustain pedal if required, and enough keys so no adjustments need to be made to the score. For Classical & Jazz grades, use a solo piano voice . If the above criteria are not met, this may result in referral.

For diploma exams: candidates may use a digital piano (up to LTCL), provided it meets the requirements above.


Face-to-face Rock & Pop exams are currently suspended in the UK due to COVID-19.

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  1. Select your pieces from the relevant Syllabus
  2. Select the Technical Work (for Rock & Pop, identify your Technical Focus song)
  3. Complete a Submission Information Form - go here to download
  4. Take photos/scan pieces that are not a Trinity publication
  5. Watch the Filming Guide  


The booking form is at the bottom of the relevant page- select 'Digital submission', 'Classical & Jazz' (or Rock and Pop). Then select 'East Midlands' and 'Grantham'.  Then complete the candidate details as normal. 

RECORDING - requirements:

  • A high-quality audio-visual recording device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, video camera) with enough storage  
  • Internet — to upload the video and supporting files
  • A quiet room with no disruption/background noise - this can be a home, school, studio or hall 
  • You can work someone to record - they may help with the recording, play accompaniment or backing tracks, or manage the exam space.
  • Record your video as an mp4 or mov file.
  • Do not stand in front of a light source
  • The max. video size is 1GB - ensure the device has enough storage and battery – turn off HD settings, or select the lowest HD setting
  • Your books/ legally downloaded copies must be in shot when you film - make sure they are seen by the examiner to confirm you are using a legal copy, even if you choose to play from memory.  If you have purchased a digital copy and are playing from a tablet/eReader show the copy on screen to the camera, ensuring the watermark is clearly legible to confirm the purchase.
  • Submit the performance including technical work, as one continual performance. Do not stop/pause until you have completed the assessment. Do not edit the video.
  • You can have help film the performance, and someone can be present as an accompanist or to operate any backing tracks. 
  • There must be no pulse, verbal or entry cues, or the playing of an additional instrument. The only exception is if candidates want a verbal prompt for the technical work.
  • Check the Covid-19 Special Arrangements 

Timeframes and Deadlines

A week after you book the exam, login details for the exam platform will be sent to the email addresses provided. You will have 2 weeks to upload your exam entry from receipt of your login details

The exam should be marked within 2 weeks of submitting your files and a provisional result will be viewable - the results will be confirmed as final within 4 weeks of submitting your files.




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