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Piano 2006 Syllabus

Piano exams put performance at the heart of the exam. Each grade has a wide choice of repertoire that covers all the key skills required at that level. Our tunes are written to reflect popular rock styles and inspire improvisation.


Rockschool's popular piano and keyboard qualifications are offered at Entry Level, Grades 1-6 and Grade 8. They're also accredited and have respective QCF credit values and UCAS points. Click on a specific grade below to view more information.

GradeLevelQCF CreditUCAS PointsAccredited
Entry Level (Debut) Entry Level 4 - Accredited
Grade 1 Level 1 6 - Accredited
Grade 2 Level 1 9 - Accredited
Grade 3 Level 1 12 - Accredited
Grade 4 Level 2 15 - Accredited
Grade 5 Level 2 18 - Accredited
Grade 6 Level 3 22 25-45 Accredited
Grade 8 Level 3 32 55-75 Accredited

The qualifications regulators of England (OfQual), the Welsh Government (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) accredit Graded Music Exams, Entry Level (Debut) to Grade 8. The qualifications regulator of Scotland (SQA Accreditation) accredit Graded Music Exams, Grades 1 to 8.

Grade Exam or Performance Certificate

There are two types of exams offered by Rockschool, at each grade; Grade Exams andPerformance CertificatesWhat's the difference? Grade Exams consist of 3 performance pieces, technical exercises and musicianship tests. Whereas Performance Certificates consists of 5 performance pieces and no other tests or exercises.

Exam Centres

Click on RS Network to locate the music centres that offer Rockschool courses


The following instruments are accepted for exams in piano, at all grades:

  • Acoustic Piano
  • Electronic Keyboard

Specified Rockschool examination centres will each contain an acoustic piano and an electronic keyboard. However, candidates may decide that they wish to bring in their own keyboards for their performances. Candidates must ensure that their electronic keyboard is suitable for the technical requirements of the grade.

Below are the instrument requirements for electronic keyboards:

  • Entry Level - Grade 4: a minimum of 5 octaves, touch sensitive and with a sustain pedal
  • Grades 5, 6 and 8: a full 88 note keyboard, touch sensitive and with a sustain pedal

In addition, candidates must ensure that the keyboard has a "realistic" piano sound and must bring a keyboard stand, amplification (if necessary) and all relevant audio and power leads. Candidates must use a ‘realistic' piano sound for their exam. Candidates are further reminded that these exams are for solo performances and should not use either backing tracks or internally generated, pre-programmed rhythms.

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