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Exam discount scheme

Exam discount scheme for UK Music Services

Our exam discount scheme is designed to alleviate some of the financial barriers that families can face when accessing exams and supports our ambition to become a more open, accessible and inclusive organisation. 

We are running the scheme as a pilot in two phases, from October 2022 to January 2023 and from February 2023 to July 2024. The scheme is being administered for us by Music Mark, the UK’s subject association for music education. Discounts are available through music services in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Only music services can apply for and use the discounts. 


Music services can use the discounts to support learners for whom the cost of exams represents a significant financial barrier.  

Discounts can be used for the following exams:  

  • Instrumental and singing – Prep Test, Practical Grades (Initial to Grade 8), Performance Grades (Initial to Grade 8), ARSM diploma and Performance Assessment 
  • Music Theory – Grades 1 to 5 (online) and Grades 6 to 8 (paper-based) 

More information is available on the Music Mark website and in the Exam Discount Scheme Operating Guidelines.

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