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PRSSV Institute of Performing Arts and Heritage World Music and Dance Examinations

The Institute provides examinations leading to OCN Credit4Learning accredited qualifications in World Music and Dance and in Heritage Skills.

(1) World Music and Dance Examinations

PRSSV is the leading examination board concerned with the support and the promotion of World Music and Dance and it has over 25 years of experience in providing graded examinations. Currently, the subjects provided are Indian classical music (both Carnatic and Hindustani subjects) and Steel Pan.

The suite of qualifications that PRSSV offers in World Music and Dance Performance include graded qualifications taking a candidate from beginner to advanced level, with performance* and teaching* qualifications up to Diploma Level.

All students who appear for these examinations will have studied in a unitised programme accredited by OCN Credit4Learning, evidence that PRSSV examinations are audited to the same standard, quality and expectations as for example GCSE, A Level or Higher Education.

*For the details of Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma qualifications in performance and teaching, please contact the examinations office.

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(2) Heritage Skills

PRSSV provides accredited qualifications in heritage skills, including oral history, exhibition development, digitisation and care of collections. For further information on these qualifications, as well as on bespoke training, for organisations and groups undertaking heritage projects:  please click Heritage Skills


PRSSV Examinations Syllabuses 2017 

Updated 05 July 2017
Carnatic Subjects Western Subjects
  • Bouzouki
  • SteelPan_(Tenor_Pan)

*Repertoire Form for All Hindustani Subjects
**Repertoire Form For Carnatic Music

***Contact PRSSV for syllabuses and for more information.


Mandatory Instructions for taking Sangeet Exams

For candidates appearing in New Grades:

  • Application forms must be filled in completely and correctly. Incomplete (any blank column) forms will be rejected.
  • The examination fee must be paid within two working days of submitting the form.
  • It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the details are complete, correct and the application form with fees reach the office before closing date and time.
  • Applications may be accepted after closing date only if seats are available and with late fee of £20. Please contact us first to check.
  • Examination fees are neither refundable nor transferable. 
  • A candidate can have the examination postponed only in the case of a medical emergency. In such a case, failing to provide a medical certificate will result in cancellation of the exam and the candidate will have to apply and pay again for the next examination. 
  • A candidate may enter any level.
  • A candidate has to pass all grades between all levels.
  • Candidates can not appear in two grades in the same examination. A candidate must wait for previous grade’s result before applying for the next grade.

For candidates appearing for RESIT (Theory or Practical):

  • A candidate can resit twice if they fail either theory or practical. 
  • If a candidate, even after two resists, fails to achieve 50% in the respective exam, he/she will have to appear for both theory and practical again by following the procedure for appearing in the new grade.


Application Forms - For all subjects


World Music and Dance Examinations Application Form 2017-18 - Typeable File

World Music and Dance Examinations Application Form 2017-18 - Printable File


Upcoming Exam Dates 2017


Exam Centre



24 March 2018 (Saturday)


Reading (UK)


Carnatic Vocal  10 February 2017


24 February 2018 (Saturday)


Harrow (UK) Carnatic Vocal  14 January 2018


24 February 2018 (Saturday)


Harrow (UK) Tabla, Sitar, Flute, Kathak,  Dhol, Harmonium, Hindustani Vocal, Keyboard 14 January 2018


April 2018


Ilford (UK)

Tabla and Carnatic Vocal TBC
27 January, 2017 (Saturday)


Manchester (UK)


Tabla, Sitar, Flute, Harmonium,
Hindustani Vocal, Keyboard
10 December 2017

04 November 2017 (Saturday)

Harrow (UK) Tabla, Sitar, Harmonium,
Hindustani Vocal
 16 September 2017