Special Needs

Supporting people of all abilities. 

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where candidates with special needs and disabilities are made welcome and supported in order to demonstrate their skills. 

We aim to make our exams accessible to all. RIAM can offer various provisions to enable our special needs candidates to participate in practical and theory examinations and recital certificate programmes. Every candidate is assessed on the same marking basis, and beyond this we will help in whatever we can to ensure a supportive environment for your performance. 

When applying for your exam you can indicate the following: 

  • category of special need 

  • request for wheelchair access 

  • request for parent or carer to be present at the examination 

  • sight-reading options for visually impaired candidates (e.g. large notation, Braille tests, second aural test) 

In some circumstances your application will require a scanned letter outlining the candidate’s particular need or disability from one of the following: a psychologist, a special needs teacher, a school principal or a primary school class teacher. 

Candidates entered on this application form will be also allocated extra time to complete their exam. 

We want ensure that every RIAM Exam candidate has the opportunity to show their special ability, and help you give the best of yourself in your performances.