January update for examination candidates

January update for examination candidates


The announcements of further restrictions in the UK on 4 January 2021 will have an impact on the January examination session. This will cause particular difficulties for those candidates who had planned to record their practical examination in an external venue but we appreciate that all candidates may have experienced disruption to their personal circumstances at short notice and we are therefore being as flexible as we can be with the arrangements.

• The previously published dates and deadlines for Winter 2021 will stand for both the practical and the written examinations.
• Candidates should continue to follow government advice in their country and should also note any supplementary advice (eg from the churches at a national or local level). You should not travel to make your recording if it will put anyone at risk or if it will break the law.
• We intend to offer a supplementary round of examining for practical candidates who are unable to complete their recordings this month. This will include an additional Keyboard Skills paper on a specified date. We would hope to do this in late spring 2021 (so it will not be necessary to wait until the next advertised session in Summer 2021).
• You can choose to postpone either or both parts of the practical examination. So if you have already recorded your recital but will be unable to sit the tests, you may submit the recital and postpone the tests.
• The supplementary round will not be an opportunity for resitting for those who submit in January and do not pass. It is only available to those who choose to opt in now.
• For candidates who do not wish to proceed at this stage we can offer a full refund or the option of postponing to a later session.
• Any candidate who wishes to withdraw, or to postpone, should contact Andrew Macintosh (email andrew.macintosh@rco.org.uk, 020 3865 7004). For the rearranged spring session of the practical exam, candidates should opt in for this by letting us know ahead of the submission deadline of 1700 on Thursday 14 January.

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