The Teaching DipABRSM

is a natural follow-on from the Cert PTC – and a pre-requisite for the ABRSM Teaching Licentiate, or Teaching LRSM

PTC now provides coaching to enable you achieve it…

There are two strands available to take the Teaching Diploma.

  1. For Cert PTC Alumni who took the course after 2013-14
  2. For everyone else

The dates are the same as for the Cert PTC and we recommend attending all sessions.

The PTC offers a pathway to your LRSM Teaching Diploma. We strongly recommend that all those interested in enrolling start with our Foundation Year, the CertPTC. This will act as a springboard for the DipABRSM and LRSM and give you the best possible preparation for transitioning from CertPTC to Diploma. If you are interested in exploring the options available, or want to know the requirements for starting with the second year (DipABRSM), please get in touch with Lucinda Mackworth-Young (

2020-21 Course Dates


  • Orientation day:                 Saturday 26th September
  • A residential weekend:       Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                       Sunday 22nd November


  • A study day:                       Sunday 24th January
  • A residential weekend:       Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February (1 night)
  • A residential weekend:       Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                       Sunday 30th May
  • A performance day:            Sunday 20th June

There are three sections to the Teaching DipABRSM

  • Section 1          Teaching Skills Viva Voce
  • Section 2.1       Written Submission
  • Section 2.2       Quick Study

Candidates must obtain at least a Pass in each of the three sections.

Section 1: Teaching Skills Viva Voce – 60% of the total marks

You must demonstrate your understanding of the principles of piano teaching, and of a variety of teaching approaches and strategies. You must be familiar with, and bring to the exam, a wide variety of teaching materials, some of which will be the graded ABRSM syllabus up to and including Grade 6. You must also be prepared to perform extracts and demonstrate teaching and learning issues from at least three current Grade 6 pieces.

Topics for discussion will include Musical Outlook, Technique, Pedagogy, Your Written Submission, Repertoire, Style and Interpretation, History and Background of the Piano and Professional Values and Practices.

Section 2.1: Written Submission – 25% of the total marks

If you are a PTC Graduate and took the course in 2013 or later, you have already gained a Pass for this section because the PTC essay became an approved substitute for the Teaching DipABRSM Written Submission then. HOWEVER, should you wish to achieve more than a Pass, you can select a topic from a number of titles which we have shortlisted from the ABRSM’s list, and write 1,800 words (plus or minus 10%), with PTC guidance.   

Section 2.2: Quick Study – 15% of the total marks

You have five minutes to look at a new piece of Grade 5-6 in standard, and then play it well enough for pupils to be able to grasp it, and decide whether or not they want to learn it.

What will the PTC do to help me achieve this qualification?

We recommend you attend all of the PTC lectures in 2020-21. If you are a Cert PTC graduate you will certainly need to attend a minimum of 75% of the course days if you graduated before 2014. If you are not a Cert PTC graduate you will need to attend all course days.

To support you throughout, you will be assigned a Tutor and Tutor group that focuses specifically on the TeachingDip syllabus – and as always when you study with PTC, you will each be given specific help with your individual needs.

You will also be able to take a mock Teaching DipABRSM exam.

When can I take my Teaching DipABRSM?

This is up to you, although we will give you guidance. If you wish to take it at the end of the next academic year, in July 2021, please bear in mind that your sight reading needs to be nearly of the required standard for the Quick Study now – otherwise you will need to devote a lot of practice time throughout the year.

Pre-requisites for the Teaching DipABRSM

  • To have at least Grade 8 piano – and be playing comfortably at that level
  • Grade 6 theory – ABRSM only


There are two fee strands take the Teaching DipABRSM.

  1. For Cert PTC Alumni who graduated after 2015: Fee £1,600
  2. For everyone else: Fee £2,300.

Please note that this includes coaching and guidance from your personal tutor, accommodation and food on course days/weekends, and a mock exam with feedback, but the cost of applying for the final exam is not included. You will decide with your personal tutor when the best time for you to take the exam will be, and it will be your responsibility to apply though you will be supported throughout the process.


OPTION A: Payment in Full

  • Non-refundable deposit with application of: £230 / £160 (with 10% early bird discount before 31st May 2020)
  • Balance in full by 18th September 2020

OPTION B: Payment by Instalment

  • Non-refundable deposit with application: £230 / £160 (with 10% early bird discount before 31st May 2020)
  • 1st instalment due 18th September 2020: £350 or £600
  • 2nd instalment due 31st January 2021: £350 or £600
  • 3rd Instalment due 31st March 2021: £350 or £550

How to Pay

  • By Direct Bank Transfer – with reference “DipABRSM 2020-21 Deposit/Full Payment/Instalment 1/2/3”
  • Sort Code: 30-98-97 – Acc no: 75532968 – Acc name: The Piano Teachers’ Course UK Ltd

To book your place

Please contact Lucinda Mackworth-Young or Rhiana Henderson for an application form.

Payment details will be included in your confirmation email. 

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