National College of Music and Arts, London – providing music examinations and more at all levels throughout the UK and around the world.

The National College of Music and Arts, London was established over 100 years ago and now specialises as a music examinations board using its own graded examinations in music and speech subjects, with examination centres throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Please browse through the site and find out more about what we have to offer. We shall be pleased to hear from you, and thank you for your interest.

Latest News

Diploma Examinations
If you are thinking about taking one of our diploma examinations, you may be interested to know that we have withdrawn the requirement for scales and arpeggios to be played in the Associate or Licentiate diplomas. We continue to expect a professional execution of a candidate’s programme and the two other sections of the examination, namely the sight-reading exercise and the discussion with the examiner, remain as before,
We hope that if you decide to proceed with a diploma examination you will find the experience to be positive and rewarding from the outset, and if you have any questions, please email our director of studies, Mr Andrew Wilson, on

Online Examinations

During this challenging time we are pleased to be able to offer online examinations at all levels. We have a minimum requirement of five entries for grade examination bookings, which can be made online through this website, and as always, single entry is available for any of our diploma examinations.

If you are a teacher and would like to make an examination booking for your students, or if you are an individual person interested in one of our diploma examinations, please contact our Director of Studies, Mr Andrew Wilson, at who will be pleased to guide you through the examination process.


Solo Singing

Church Organ



Descant Recorder

Musical Theatre

The above subjects are just an example of some of the syllabuses we offer, click here to view a list of the others.

NCM Society

Aims and Ojectives of the Society, and advantages for both Members and the College.
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College History

In 1894 the Moss family, with a few close musical friends, inaugurated The National College of Music. They were responsible for writing the first syllabuses
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College Council

The College Council is effectively the College Management Team. It meets three or four times annually for discussion and policy-making decisions.
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Advisory Council

In 2006, the College agreed to convene a group of people, distinguished in their respective fields, to act as its Advisory Council. These people have kindly agreed
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National Federation of Church Musicians

The Federation is open to all church musicians, viz. organist, pianist, chorister, singer, conductor, instrumentalist, music group member. All applications for membership will be on the recommendation of the Director of Music where appropriate.
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