Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests. Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.
Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.
Bowed Strings syllabus 2020–2023, from Initial Grade to Grade 8
Publications and audio
Download recordings from our Bowed Strings syllabus.
A selection of pieces from the new Violin syllabus.
A selection of pieces from the new Cello syllabus.
Selection of pieces to support Initial Grade Double Bass for 2020–2023.
Selection of pieces to support Initial Grade Viola for 2020–2023.
Music Case is a free practice app that helps students to understand the progress they are making over time, increasing their motivation to keep learning.