PRSSV specialises in developing qualifications in oral performing arts traditions and in Heritage skills.
For the performing arts, the examination structure is a comprehensive graded course, from beginning to professional competence, divided into 8 progressive grades plus Certificate and Diploma levels. This provides learners of oral music and dance traditions parity with the learners of similar Western traditions.
The exams consist of a practical element and a viva or theory element. In the practical, emphasis is on performance and aural skills. In the theory, the candidate is tested on the underpinning knowledge required to be able to improvise, extemporise and/or arrange their music.
For Heritage skills emphasis is placed on providing bespoke training for community groups as well as for individuals. The training is provided for total novices with the Foundation level right up to Level 4.