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Diploma FAQs

Teaching Diploma

Q: How do I decide which level diploma to take?

A: The Level 4 Teaching Diploma is suited to candidates who are new to teaching music, or have not been teaching that long. The Level 6 Teaching Diploma is for candidates who have a minimum of three years teaching experience and the application needs to be endorsed by a fellow teaching professional or an employer.

Q: What is a Teaching Diploma?

A: The Teaching Diploma is an internationally recognised further education qualification in music teaching which is offered at two levels. The Teaching Diploma is non genre specific.

Q: What does ‘non genre specific’ mean?

A: This means that the candidate doesn’t have to be specifically teaching the instruments that are offered under the Rockschool syllabus, or have to structure their teaching around the Rockschool syllabus. 

Q: How do I enrol on a Teaching Diploma?

A: Contact your Rockschool Representative directly to enter for a Teaching Diploma.

Q: How long do I have to complete a Teaching Diploma?

A: Upon entering on the Teaching Diploma the candidate has two years to complete the qualification.

Q: How is the Teaching Diploma structured?

A: The Teaching Diploma is a 2 unit qualification; Unit 1 is a portfolio of practical work. That involves:

  •       Lesson plans
  •       Practice logs
  •       Supplementary material
  •       Video evidence of your teaching in action.

Unit 2 is a practical exam where the candidate will be asked to analyse teaching scenarios and attend an interview with a specialist examiner.

Q: What should a lesson plan contain?

A: Structured notes on the aims and objectives for a learner’s lesson. The plans should detail the candidates teaching and delivery methods, how these will be achieved, and assessed where relevant. 

Q: What is a practice log and supplementary material?

A:  A practice log is a means of the teacher ensuring that the learner progresses between lessons. It should contain appropriate instruction for how the learner is to practice. As well as exercises and supplementary material in order to ensure that the learner’s development continues when they are practicing.

Q: What do the teaching videos have to contain?

A: The teaching videos at Level 4 need to be of one of the ten submitted lesson plans, for a beginner learner. The second video needs to be an individual performance and analysis of a Level 2 (Grades 4 and 5) piece. 

The teaching videos at Level 6 need to cover the three teaching levels, Level 1, 2 and 3. (Grades 1 – 8)Two of the videos need to be taken from the two sets of 20 lesson plans that are submitted. One of these must be for a group and the other for an individual and for different teaching levels. The teaching level not covered by the previous 2 videos must be covered in the third ‘performance’ video.

Q: How do I work towards a Teaching Diploma?

A:  The Teaching Diploma is an independent learning qualification. Candidates are expected to be self supporting and motivated in their creation of their portfolio and examination preparation.

Q: Is there any support for candidates on the Teaching Diploma?

A:  www.rockschool.co.uk has a dedicated Teaching Diploma section of the site that provides resources and supporting materials. Candidates will be given access to these resources when they enter the qualification.

Q: How do I submit Unit 1?

A: Candidates can submit Unit 1 through the www.rockschool.co.uk website. The candidate will receive a log in for this when they enter the qualification. 

Q: When does my Unit 2 examination take place?

A:  The Unit 2 examination will usually take place in the exam period following the submission of Unit 1.

Q: When do I get my Diploma results and certificate?

A: The candidates’ results will be issued within 4 weeks of the Unit 2 examination taking place.  The candidate will receive their certificate at the end of the exam period the examination was taken in.

Q. What do I need to submit for the Unit 1 portfolio?

A. For the Level 4:

  • Two sets of 10 lesson plans and accompanying practice logs, one must be for a learner at Level 1 (beginner/Grade 1), the other set of 10 lesson plans must be for a learner at Level 2 (Grades 4 and 5)
  • Two videos of your teaching in action. One must be of one of the ten submitted lesson plans, for a beginner learner. The second video needs to be an individual performance and analysis of a Level 2, (Grades 4 and 5) piece·       

A. For the Level 6:

  • Two sets of 20 lesson plans and accompanying practice logs at two contrasting levels. One of these plans must be for a group of learners, the other for an individual     
  • Three videos of your teaching in action. One of these must be from the group and one must be from the individual set of lesson plans which are submitted. The third video is of the individual performance and analysis. The level must be the one that is not covered by the other two videos.    

Q: What is a Level 6 Teaching Diploma equivalent to in the British education system?

A: A Level 6 Teaching Diploma is roughly equivalent to 1/3 of the third year of a three year degree

Q: What is a Level 4 Teaching Diploma equivalent to in the British education system?

A: A Level 4 Teaching Diploma is roughly equivalent to 1/6 of your first year of a three year degree.

Q: What are the entry requirements for Level 4 Teaching Diploma?

A: The candidate must have a Grade 8/Level 3 with an accredited exam board.

Q: What are the entry requirements for a Level 6 Teaching Diploma

A: The candidate must have a minimum of three years teaching experience, and the application endorsed by a teaching professional.

 

Performance Diploma FAQs

Q: How do I enrol on the Performance Diploma?

A: Candidates can enrol on the Performance Diploma through the Rockschool Representative.

Q: What is a Performance Diploma?

A: A Performance Diploma is a qualification that prepares the candidate for all aspects of music performance in the real world. The qualification is broken down in to three parts that are linked together: 

1. Performance

2. Promotional Material

3. Q & A

All of this needs to be presented or demonstrated in an exam situation. The work presented and performed in the exam is prepared and researched by the candidate as a distance learner.

Q: Is there any support for candidates working towards a Performance Diploma?

A: www.rockschool.co.uk has a dedicated Performance Diploma section with resources and advice. If the candidate has any questions about the qualification email: diplomas@rockschool.co.uk

Q: What are the entry requirements for the Performance Diploma?

A: The entry requirements for the Level 4 Performance Diploma are to have achieved an accredited grade 8 exam in the instrument which you will be taking the exam in.

The entry requirements for the Level 6 Performance Diploma are to have achieved an accredited Performance Diploma at Level 4. Certain exceptions will be considered if the candidate can provide substantial performance based evidence.

Q: How much does the Performance Diploma cost and when can I take the exam?

A: The price of the Performance Diploma can be found in Diploma Dates and Fees with the exam period where you will be able to take the exam.

Q: What do I have to play in the exam?

A: 60% of your set list must be chosen from the set repertoire list. The remaining 40% of the set list can be less technically demanding BUT must be performed to a very high standard.

Q: What do I have to do for the promotional material?

A: The candidate has to provide promotional materials for the exam as if it was a gig. This material must be brought to the exam.

Q: How do I construct a performance programme?

A: The performance program must be 20 – 25 minutes for Level 4. 25 – 30 minutes for Level 6. The set list should be constructed as if it was for a live gig. The set list may cover a range of musical genres but the performance needs to have a structured beginning, middle and finale. Candidates must provide full scores for the whole performance programme, for the examiner.

Q: Can I play with a Band?

A: At Level 4 you do not have to perform with a band, if you wish to perform band pieces you can do this with either backing tracks or a band. At Level 6 two pieces out of the performance program must be performed with at least 1 other musician.

Q: Where can I find backing tracks and scores?

A: www.musicroom.com  sells repertoire books and backing tracks for all instruments.

Q: What is Viva Voce?

A: Viva Voce is a Question and Answer session at the end of the performance/ exam with the examiner. The questions will be about the candidate’s performance and promotional materials.

Q: Do I have to perform the programme from memory?

A: The candidate is allowed to have the score as a reference only. If the performance is obviously reliant on the score, this will detract from the overall mark.

Q: When do I get my Diploma results and certificate?

A: The candidate’s results will be issued within 4 weeks after the date of the exam. The certificate will be issued at the end of the examination period.

Q: What is a Level 6 Performance Diploma equivalent to in the British education system?

A: A Level 6 Performance Diploma is roughly equivalent to 1/3 of the third year of a three year degree.

Q: What is a level 4 Performance Diploma equivalent to in the British education system?

A: A Level 4 Diploma is roughly equivalent to 1/6 of your first year of a three year degree.