Enter for your Drums exam in four quick steps

The May to July deadline is 8 April

Rockschool Drums Grades will prove your ability, improve your playing, expand your knowledge – and earn an internationally recognised qualification by playing the instrument you love. Learn all the technique you'll need to cut it in any session or on any stage in the world of rock and pop.

Drums grades with a difference.

Plot your Stylistic Specialism

For every Drums Grade, you can plot your stylistic specialism, meaning you'll develop an in-­depth understanding of the style of drumming you love

Free Choice Pieces

Play your favourite rhythms in your exam; metal, indie, rock, prog... the choice is yours! Learn more.

Digital Downloads – Now available!

Download your favourite Rockschool Drums titles directly from the RSL Shop to use instantly on your smartphone, tablet, desktop and laptop. Learn more.

UCAS Points

For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can supersize your university application, with up to 30 UCAS points awarded at Grade 8. Learn more.

Theoretical Grounding

Every Rockschool drums grade has been designed to give you a solid understanding of musical theory, enabling you to confidently articulate your musical talents.

Accredited throughout the UK

Take a Rockschool Drums Grade and you'll earn an internationally recognised qualification that is accredited by every UK regulatory body. Learn more about RSL's accreditation.


Completing a Rockschool Drums Grade is a rewarding experience, we'll get you on your path to success in no-time. To get started, simply grab your Drums book from the shop.

Drums Syllabus

Get a copy of the Premiere syllabus:

Drums Syllabus (92KB, .pdf)

Get a copy of the Debut - Grade 8 syllabus:

Drums Syllabus (1.5MB, .pdf)

Find a Centre

We have drums centres all across the UK and in 38 other countries around the globe. Find your nearest UK centre.

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Find a Teacher

Looking for a drums teacher, or a teacher for another instrument? We can help! Find a teacher.

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Dates & Fees

Next exam period:
1 May – 31 July

Next closing date:
8 April
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Exam fee:
£34.00 - 92.00
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Drums Books

Instantly download everything you need for your drums exam from the RSL shop...