QCF* (Qualifications and Credit Framework) is the national credit transfer system for education qualification in England, Northen Ireland and Wales. The QCF replaces the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) which closed for accreditations at the end of 2010.

‘Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul’ (Plato)

EQF* (European Qualifications Framework) acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable across Europe, promoting workers' and learners' mobility between countries and facilitating their lifelong learning. The EQF aims to relate different countries' national qualifications systems to a common European reference framework. 


​We believe that exams should be the result of a long-time development, enjoyment an effort.  That they should be an addition to the gradual process of learning. Just a way to formally show what has been learned and what each student is capable of. Normally, exams are held annually, similarly to the academic school year.

When a student is ready, it will be suggested to him/her or to his/her parents about the possibility to take a specific exam. Exams can be about performance, theory or musicianship.

Musical education in UK is structured in a grading system followed by a higher education in Conservatoires or Universities. The reknown quality of British Conservatoires and Music Departments attracts hundreds of music students every year from around the world; but, unfortunately, the wonderful structure of high education lacks in early and middle education as the system is based around private tuitions and official Examination Boards.

In our school, we try to provide our students with an institution where they can have a broader musical education and support structure. Nowadays, only the most talented children and youngsters in the UK can enjoy learning in Junior Programmes from the great Conservatoires.

To give official recognition to our musical education, we prepare our students to take official and accredited exams that are recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in England. This provides them with points within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

A written confirmation (email, text or letter) that states that you would like the student to take a particular exam is needed for us to complete the application. We will contact you when the application deadline nears.

The Examination Board decides the date of examination and it cannot be chosen in advance. Therefore, please contact them should you wish to change the date.

We do all the application process so that parents have to just provide the details and fees.

The two most recognised awarding bodies in the UK are:

                                 Trinity College London Examinations


                                (Associated Board of Royal Schools

                                  of Music)

The Beethoven School uses mostly Trinity College London Examinations for pedagogic reasons (printed material, length of syllabus, technical exercises).  However, both Examination Boards are equally recognised.  Should students move to our school from a previous education that uses ABRSM, we prepare them for their exams.
The structure of official examinations consists in 9 grades (Initial - Grade 8).