About the Syllabus

Mountview Exams launch with a Preview Certificate and 8 Grades in Musical Theatre, each of which brings creative challenge and opportunity for individual flair. We aim to grow confidence, celebrate creativity, develop skills and reward individuality.  

Each exam follows the same pattern:  

  • Spoken Introduction  
  • Exam Tasks  
  • Reflection  

We do things differently  

  • We invite performers to have total creative agency of their work, and to be originators of their performances, where every choice made, if conscious and technically of a standard, is a ‘right’ choice  
  • There are no prescribed repertoire lists – you can bring any material, including self-written material, so long as it meets the task requirements at each Grade 
  • The three key Musical Theatre skills of acting, dance and singing share proportional weighting  
  • Each performer is invited to express their ideas and creative choices verbally during the Reflection, demonstrating an understanding of the process of rehearsal and performance  
  • The exam is conducted with other performers present, to create an authentic audience environment  
  • Our examiners are trained to industry level in Musical Theatre and are themselves professional performers and practitioners 

Qualifications Pathways  

Mountview Exams are mapped to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), up to Level Three of the RQF Framework. There is an incremental rise in task requirements and skill integration as the Grades ascend, culminating in a themed, multi-skilled programme of Musical Theatre.  

Entry: Preview Certificate

At Preview, performers focus on connection to music through storytelling and reflecting on the experience of performing with music.  

  • Performers require 12 hours of guided learning and 12 hours of independent learning and rehearsal  
  • Comparable equivalent: English for Speakers of Other Languages  

Level One: Grades 1, 2 & 3 

At Level One, performers focus on the separate skills that make a Musical Theatre performer, exploring musicality through text, as well as through movement and song by means of characterisation and storytelling. During the Reflection, performers will reflect on the creative choices they have made and why particular pieces have been chosen.  

  • Performers require 20 hours of guided learning and 20 hours of independent learning and rehearsal  
  • Comparable equivalent: GCSE Grades 3-1, NVQ Level 1 

Level Two: Grades 4 & 5

At Level Two, performers focus on removing the separation between the disciplines and begin to integrate Musical Theatre skills more confidently across the performance. Each piece of work becomes character-led, performed with purpose and intention. Reflection at this Level addresses technical aspects of acting, dance and singing from the perspective of how performers are beginning to bring these skills together in their work, as well as discussing their artistic choices.  

  • Performers require 25 hours of guided learning and 35 hours of independent learning and rehearsal  
  • Comparable equivalent: GCSE Grades 9-4, NVQ Level 2 

Level Three: Grades 6, 7 & 8 

At Level Three, performers create an original integrated performance programme, which is continuous, fluid and a holistic expression of the three key components of Musical Theatre. The programme features work which highlights the performer’s ownership of musicality, storytelling and characterisation. Reflection at Level Three moves across the theoretical, practical and artistic and is an opportunity to explore and reflect on aspects of the work in collaborative discussion with the examiner, addressing all aspects of the creative process. At Level Three, performers will respond to some Redirection from the examiner, illustrating flexibility, technical skill and presence.  

  • Performers require 30 hours of guided learning and 40 hours of independent learning and rehearsal  
  • Comparable equivalent: AS & A Level, Access to Higher Education  

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