Ofqual Accreditation

RGT@LCM offers quality exams you can have confidence in: all RGT@LCM’s grade and diploma exams are regulated by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator)*.
Our awarding body, University of West London, has corporate recognition from Ofqual and the corresponding organisations in Wales (DfES) and Northern Ireland (CCEA). Our exams are regulated by Ofqual, DfES and CCEA. In order to be accredited, qualifications need to meet stringent criteria related to exam content, delivery, assessment and reporting procedures.

* Ofqual is the new regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England, having taken over this role from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Further information on the QCF can be found on the Ofqual website (www.gov.uk/ofqual). The table below shows the levels at which RGT@LCM exams are recognised:


QCF LCM Examinations Equivalent Standard
Level 1 Grades 1-3 GCSE Grades D-G
Level 2 Grades 4-5 GCSE Grades A*-C
Level 3 Grades 6-8 A Level
Level 4 DipLCM in Music Performance & Teaching 1st year undergraduate degree module
Level 5 ALCM in Music Performance & Teaching 2nd year undergraduate degree module
Level 6 LLCM in Music Performance & Teaching Final year undergraduate degree module
Level 7 FLCM in Music Performance Masters degree module

Inclusion on the QCF:

  • provides official approval of our assessment methods, reporting and certification processes.
  • provides recognition that the standard of RGT@LCM exams is equivalent at each grade to that of other recognised awarding bodies.
  • ensures that funding is available where appropriate.

Further information on RGT@LCM’s accredited qualifications, including accreditation codes and unit numbers, may be found on The Register of Regulated Qualifications – http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/

NOTE: Type 'University of West London' into the Organisation Name search box to view details relating to RGT@LCM exams.

UCAS Tariff Points

UCAS tariff points towards university entrance are awarded to candidates attaining grades 6, 7 or 8 in any RGT@LCM exams.

These UCAS points will prove useful not just for students applying for Higher Education music courses, but also for students applying to non-music courses – i.e. UCAS and university admissions staff now recognise the value music grade exams can have across all subject areas as they indicate motivation, self-discipline and organisational skills.

The table below sets out the UCAS points allocated to RGT@LCM exams:

AS Level A2 Level RGT@LCM Guitar or Bass Exams Popular Music Theory Exams
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
120   A            
100   B            
80   C            
75         Distinction      
70         Merit      
60 A D   Distinction        
55       Merit Pass      
50 B              
45     Distinction          
40 C E Merit Pass        
30 D             Distinction
25     Pass         Merit
20 E           Distinction Pass
15           Distinction Merit  
10           Merit Pass  
5           Pass    


See our UCAS points calculator to see how many points you have for all your subjects.

General Enquiries: 020 8231 2751 - rgt.lcm@uwl.ac.uk
Membership Enquiries: 020 8231 2055 - membership@rgt.org

RGT@LCM, University of West London, St Mary's Road, London W5 5RF


Honorary Patrons

Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Ronnie Wood, Suzi Quatro, Carlos Bonell, Neil Murray, Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, John Illsley, Glenn Tilbrook, Dave Kelly