National College Grades & Diplomas

In most subjects we offer two preparatory grades, principally for candidates under 12 years of age.  Then follow eight further grades culminating in a Student’s Graduate.

We offer three diplomas, and examinations for bronze, silver and gold medals.  Details are as follows:-

Preparatory Division

Grade A – Preliminary
Grade B – Lower Primary

Lower Division

Grade 1 – Primary
Grade 2 – Elementary
Grade 3 – Junior
Grade 4 – Pre-Intermediate

Students’ Division

Grade 5 – Intermediate
Grade 6 – Senior
Grade 7 – Advanced Senior
Grade 8 – Student’s Graduate

Diploma Division

NCM Diploma – DipNCM
Associate Diploma – ANCM and AMusNCM
Licentiate Diploma – LNCM and LMusNCM
Fellowship Diploma – FNCM and FMusNCM

Medal Examinations

Examinations for Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals are held in most subjects. Details of requirements are as follows:

Junior Bronze
Two solos from the Grade 3 list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Intermediate Bronze
Two solos from the Grade 5 list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Intermediate Silver
Two solos from the Grade 6 list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Intermediate Gold
Two solos from the Grade 7 list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Senior Bronze
Two solos from the Grade 8 list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Senior Silver
Two solos from the Associate list
One solo own choice of similar standard

Senior Gold
Two solos from the Licentiate List
One solo own choice of similar standard
One of the above should be played from memory
The candidate should be prepared to discuss with the Examiner the works performed.

Marks
Marks are awarded as follows:

Listed Solos 60 marks
Own Choice Solo 20 marks
Discussion with Examiner 20 marks

The pass mark is 80. No award of Honours or Distinction is made in the Medal Division but a high standard of performance is expected.

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