Please read the Griffin Best Practice Guide for more information

Preparation Stage for Centers / Teachers / Parents


This stage is about getting ready for the exam series ahead. The more prepared you are the better. During this stage concentrate on:

Step 1: Making sure your centre is approved to offer our qualifications

Step 2: Knowing the Time tables

Step 3: Making sure you have an up-to-date version of the fees list

Step 4: Working with teachers to identify students who may need access arrangements or reasonable adjustments

Step 5: Making sure your center details are up to date.

Entries Stage

Entry requirements

 There are no age restrictions for candidates entering for a Performing Arts grade, certificate or diploma exam.

  • Candidates may enter for all grade and certificate exams without having previously taken any other Griffin College London exam.
  • When entering a candidate for multiple exams, the candidate numbers MUST match in order for the system to recognise candidate details and keep all records together.
  • Candidates may not enter for the same grade in the same subject in one exam session.

Changes to entries

 Once you have submitted candidates for an exam and the closing date has passed, no changes to entries are permitted

  • Exams will take place in 3 terms as mentioned below:
Term Exam Period Closing Date
Term 1 February to March 15th December
Term 2 May to July 15th February
Term 3 November to December 15th September
  • Completed entry forms, together with full fees must be submitted to the Examination Headquarters on or before the closing date.
  • All our entry fees are provided in the fees list. Please check this document carefully to ensure you don’t incur late entry fees
  • Examination Time-table will be sent to the candidates or can be obtained from the Approved Centres.
  • In addition, Griffin UK Examination Board conducts examinations at the approved centres, provided the practical grade entries total at least five hours examining time.
    Some flexibility is possible, and teachers are invited to telephone Griffin
    Head Quarters to discuss the arrangements in advance.
  • late applications may incur a £10.00/€10.00 administration fee.

Assessment Stage

Practical Exams are assessed at the approved exam centre by visiting examiners recruited and trained by Griffin UK Examination Board.

The examinations are externally assessed  at the exam center and marked by an external examiners recruited and trained by Griffin Examination Board. The examiner uses a detailed mark scheme to carry out the assessment and their decisions are quality assured by Griffin  before an award is made This allows for some compensation to be taken into account in reaching an overall score without compromising the overall standard of technique, musicality and performance expected by the assessment criteria.

Grade 8 candidates are required to pass each dance / Vocal / instruments exam  in order to pass the examination as a whole.

Given the practical nature of this qualifications, this assessment method is felt to be the most appropriate way of assessing the skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context. The Student must draw together all the elements of the syllabus, along with the implicit skills associated with self-learning, into the performances required by the examination and perform them in front of an examiner. The examiner will assess all the elements, where the Candidate demonstrates their ability to show their understanding on the whole syllabus


Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade  7 Diploma
15 mins 15 mins 15 mins 20 mins 20 mins 25 min 25 min 30 min
  • Timings of practical exams are given to the Candidates. These timings show the approximate length of each exam, including the candidate’s entry and exit, any tuning time and time for the examiner to finish the mark form between exams. Examiners may take more or less time than the given timings.
  • The steward will have a candidate list showing the timetable and each candidate’s appointment time. Wherever possible, candidates are timetabled in the order that they were listed at the time of entry.

Theory exam dates

  • Theory exams are held at set times and on set dates. All exams must be held on the published dates unless authorised in advance by Griffin. Requests for alternative dates will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances and our decision is final.
  • We send notification to the applicant, which confirms the names and grades of candidates entered, and any access arrangements. The applicant must check these details and notify the Centre Coordinator immediately of any error or correction.

Theory Exam timings

Grades 1–3: 1½ hours

Grades 4–5: 2 hours

Grades 6–8: 3 hours

Arriving at the venue  

  • Candidates should arrive 10 minutes before the start of the exam, unless told otherwise.
  • Any candidate arriving more than 35 minutes after the start of the exam will not be admitted.
  • It is recommended that candidates under the age of 15 are accompanied to the venue by a responsible adult, though we cannot guarantee to provide a waiting area for escorts

In the exam

  • Candidates must bring their appointment slip and their own Pens or pencils.
  • Plain ruled manuscript paper is supplied for candidates to do any rough working.
  • Candidates are not allowed to bring mobile phones, other electronic devices or any unauthorised material or equipment into the exam room.
  • Candidates must not talk, or in any way communicate, with each another during the exam.

Any candidate breaking these rules may be disqualified

Results Stage

Examiners return the results and report sheets as soon as possible after the examination.
The report sheets for each candidate are individually checked within the Quality Assurance department for administrative accuracy.

Under normal circumstances the written report sheets will be issued to the teacher within 21 working days of the examination. Any errors found are corrected by the examiner prior to further processing of the whole examination session, and may therefore extend these timings, although the department will make every effort to process these as rapidly as possible.

All results are entered by Sections, and checked for achieving the minimum pass levels, per Section and in total, and correct levels of attainment against the total mark achieved.

Results review and appeals procedure

 Anyone who wishes to question the Outcome of their exam result should refer to Griffin results enquirer for  full details of our results review and appeals process.

Certificates Stage

Certificates are normally dispatched within 8 weeks of the date of the examination, but very often they will be received sooner than this.

Before certificates are issued, centres should have checked that candidates’ details are correct; the certificate is not intended to be used as a final administrative check.

Once certificates are issued, centres should check they have received certificates for those candidates listed on the certificate register.