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RQF & UCAS Points

After days of querying why my grade 8 theory of music certificate had omitted the QCF credits awarded, it has come to my attention that there were qualification changes that we were not notified of. So to save you the hassle of trying to understand, I have summarized the changes and new implementations from 2018…

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) has replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Certificates will no longer contain any mention of credits since this transition. However, you can search for the credits awarded for your Trinity qualification here. Qualifications are still recognized by the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The RQF levels are as follows:

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Trinity graded music exams are eligible for United Kingdom Universities’ and Colleges’ Admissions Service (UCAS) points within the UCAS tariff system, which is open to any student applying for a course of study at a UK university or other higher education institution. These exams will contribute towards a student’s ‘score’ of UCAS points when they apply for entry to higher education. UCAS points are as follows:

Trinity College London diplomas are also awarded credit by The Open University towards their degree programmes.


Coat of Arms

Pegasus: The winged horse, Pegasus, is a symbol of knowledge and inspiration — important components in the achievement Trinity honours in all fields. Pegasus was also the source of the Muses, who represent all forms of artistic endeavour.

b502abfcce1666cd3768cfa25c6af52fThe staff of Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne was the ancient Greek goddess of language and reason, responsible for naming objects and inventing words. She was also the mother of the Muses, which demonstrates her links with Pegasus and therefore Trinity’s mission to promote the arts and language around the world.

Dramatic masks: The masks of comedy and tragedy are well-known symbols of drama, which is a key component of Trinity’s range of examinations. However, drama is not merely about entertainment as it encompasses the whole range of oral and musical communication in the same way that Trinity does around the world today.
Fleur de lis: The fleur de lis is the heraldic representation of the iris, the flower most closely associated with communication and language. In addition, the fleur de lis has traditionally been used to represent the Holy Trinity, so our fleur de lis symbolises Trinity communicating with the world and the people of the world communicating with each other.


Theory of Music Examinations

Trinity offers eight theory of music exams that can be written half yearly (on a Saturday in May & November). These exams complement the graded examinations of the same level and are beneficial for a deeper understanding of music. The level 4 exams cover the 3 main music periods; Grade 6: Baroque, Grade 7: Classical and Grade 8: Romantic.


Supplementary books are available to aid the workbooks and past papers can also be purchased for practice. The format (sections tested and marks allocated) for each grade remains the same until Trinity notifies us of a syllabus change and new edition workbooks (Last change: 2009).

Additional notes and exercises are available on iTunes U. Please select iTunes U on this form to access them. Workbooks and Past Papers are available for purchase here

Take a look at the sample book here