Trinity - Digital Grades and Diplomas

Teachers, applicants and candidates who would usually enter face-to-face exams via Trinity’s network of public centres in the UK are now able to book digital assessments in a range of Classical & Jazz and Rock & Pop exams - and pay online. Click the link below for more information.

DIGITAL - requirements:

  • PIECES (66 marks) - 3 pieces 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, or someone can verbally prompt you to play each one. For your exercises music may be used. 
  • OVERALL PERFORMANCE (20 marks) - Performance delivery and focus (10 marks) + Musical awareness (10 marks)

MUSIC AND COPIES

Trinity publish selected pieces for graded music exam books. Recommended editions for other
pieces are listed in the syllabuses, but you may perform from any reliable edition which has not
been shortened or otherwise simplified.
If a particular edition must be used, this is indicated in the syllabus.

Music must come from a legitimate source. Guidelines  are available in the UK Music Publishers Association’s Code of Fair Practice  You must comply with copyright and other intellectual property laws in the country where the exam is taking place.

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. 

HOW TO APPLY

As part of the application process you will need to select the exam centre which you would have attended, if you had taken a face-to-face exam i.e. Grantham

Further information about timeframes, fees and support can be found on the Trinity College London website - 

https://www.trinitycollege.com/local-trinity/UK/digital-grades-diplomas/

Rock and Pop applications will need to go through the usual Rock and Pop websites and applications will open on 11 November

Exam Requirements - you'll need to read:

  1. The relevant syllabus for your instrument - click on your instrument at the bottom of the page
  2. The Digital Grades Classical & Jazz Syllabus orThe Digital Grades Rock & Pop Syllabus - both attached
  3. Technical Work Requirements for your instrument (Classical & Jazz only)

Before the Application Process

What you need to to do before you apply:

  1. Select your pieces from the relevant Syllabus
  2. Select your Technical Work (for Rock & Pop candidates, identify which song will be your Technical Focus song)
  3. Complete your Submission Information Form - attached
  4. Take photos or scan your pieces (if they are not a Trintiy publication)
  5. Watch the Filming Guide 
  6. Submit the whole performance including technical work, as one continual performance. Start recording before your first piece, and do not stop or pause the video until you have completed all parts of the assessment. Do not edit the video. 
  7. You can have help to film the performance, and someone can be present as an accompanist or to operate any backing tracks. 
    There must be no indications of pulse, verbal or non-verbal entry cues, or the playing of an additional instrument. The exception to this is where candidates would prefer a verbal prompt when performing the technical work.
  8. Check the Filming Guidance (see below)
  9. Check the Covid-19 Special Arrangements for Classical & Jazz Digital Music exams (this explains the restrictions to your access to appropriate instruments or accompaniment arrangements) - attached

RECORDING

You can film at home; at school; at the teacher’s studio; in a hall. You can work with whoever you wish to in recording your video. You may ask someone to help you with the recording, with playing your accompaniment or backing tracks, and with managing your exam space.

  • A high-quality audio-visual recording device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop or video camera) with enough storage for your performance 
  • The internet — to upload your video and supporting files
  • See the following link for Technical work requirements  
  • Choose a quiet room with no disruption/background noise 
  • Make sure you’re not standing in front of a light source
  • The maximum size for your video file is 1GB and your performance must be captured as one continuous take.
  • Ensure your device has enough storage and battery before you begin  Do turn off HD settings, or select the lowest available HD setting, on your device before you begin; otherwise the files will be too large for upload. 

Timeframes and Deadlines

  • After you have booked your exam, you will receive your login details for our exam platform.  Login details will be sent to the email addresses provided 1 week from submitting your order
  • You will have 2 weeks to upload your exam entry from receipt of your login details
  • Your exam will be marked within 2 weeks of submitting your files and your provisional result will then be viewable in our exam platform
  • Your results will be confirmed as final within 4 weeks of submitting your files and this will be indicated within our exam platform



The Application Process 

Only apply for your exam once your recording and documentation are ready to upload. 

Then go to the UK Booking Page.   Select Grantham as your exam centre (even if you normally take exams in Boston, Spalding, Newark, Sleaford etc)

Submitting your recording

Please follow this link for information on how to submit your recording

Results Process

Once you have submitted your exam, you can expect the marking to take up to 2 weeks although this is often much quicker.  You will receive an email to let you know that your exam has been marked, at which point you may log back into your account to read the feedback from the examiner and see your provisional result.

It takes about a week for your provisional result to be verified as final, and your certificate will follow within about 2 weeks.  

 

Support

Trinity will be providing a range of supporting materials. Please visit the following page for further information - https://www.trinitycollege.com/local-trinity/UK/digital-grades-diplomas/support

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
There is a section on the online portal where you
can upload any supporting documentation.
Download and fill in the submission
information form with full details of your pieces/songs.
If you are not playing from a Trinity graded music exam
book, or are performing your own composition, you must also upload scanned copies or photographs of
those pieces.


FACE-TO-FACE

Three pieces from the repertoire lists in the relevant Classical and Jazz syllabus. 

All of the technical work as described in the syllabus – the examiner will ask for a selection in the exam. 

Two supporting tests, chosen from Sight reading, Improvisation, Musical Knowledge, Aural Tests (depending on grade). 

Pieces (66 marks)

Technical work (14 marks)

Supporting tests (20 marks)

87–100 DISTINCTION
75–86 MERIT
60–74 PASS
45–59 BELOW PASS 1
0–44 BELOW PASS 2

Grade 6
UCAS POINTS
PASS 8 | MERIT 10 | DISTINCTION 12
Grade 7
UCAS POINTS
PASS 12 | MERIT 14 | DISTINCTION 16
Grade 8
UCAS POINTS
PASS 18 | MERIT 24 | DISTINCTION 30