Exemptions for Prior Learning

Exemption from Theory requirements by virtue of Prior Learning

 

Certain practical examinations require a pass at a Grade Theory examination before the practical certificate is awarded.

 

We recognise Prior Learning in that we will grant exemption from the Theory requirements to candidates who apply for exemption on the grounds that they have passed other examinations.

 

We will consider applications for exemption from Grade IV or Grade V Theory of Music to candidates who provide evidence (a photocopy is acceptable) of having passed GCSE in Music; Scottish or Irish Leaving Certificate in Music; or equivalent or superior qualifications.  Grade IV or V in Theory of Music from another reputable examination board will also be accepted.  Candidates who have passed Irish Junior Cert in Music do not qualify.

 

We will consider applications for exemption from Grade VI Theory of Music to candidates who provide evidence (a photocopy is acceptable) of having passed “A” Level in Music; Scottish or Irish Higher Certificate in Music; or equivalent or superior qualifications.  Grade VI in Theory of Music from another reputable examination board will also be accepted

 

Speech & Drama candidates may claim exemption by virtue of similar qualifications in English Literature (not English Language).

 

How to apply

Candidates or their teachers can apply at any time for exemption either by email or by post, attaching a copy of the relevant evidence.  A postal address is required, as VCM will issue an exemption certificate, in addition to keeping a record on file.  Exemption will only be granted on production of evidence: hearsay assurances from teachers is not acceptable.

 

Disclaimer

This procedure is merely a recognition of prior learning.  It is emphatically not a statement that acceptable qualifications are directly equivalent to VCM Theory examinations, or vice versa.

 

Good Practice

It is good educational practice for candidates to work through VCM Theory Grades alongside Practical Grade exams.  VCM Theory exams are intended to be more searching than those of other Awarding Bodies, and act as a complement to our practical examinations.

 

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