Why Trinity Drama & Speech?

The Trinity College London examinations in Drama & Speech assess students’ English abilities through a variety of performance arts. Through acting, musical theatre, and communication skills assessments, students can showcase and further develop their inner creativity. The examinations provide candidates with an opportunity to measure their progress against an internationally applied standard.

Exams can be taken by individuals, pairs or groups. The solo and pair grade exams and diplomas are fully accredited in the UK, and recognised internationally in many other countries.

Why Trinity College London Examinations in Drama & Speech?


Students receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development. As they progress through the levels, they build self-confidence and self-esteem, and acquire new skills. When students pass an assessment, they receive a Trinity certificate, which serves as an internationally recognised record of their personal achievement.


Trinity drama exams are officially recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and by education authorities worldwide.


Trinity College London Drama & Speech examinations will benefit native English speakers as well as those for whom English is a second or foreign language. The assessments are fun and engaging for all age groups. 

What do Trinity College London Examinations in Drama & Speech involve?

Grade examinations may be taken in these subjects:





Acting and Speaking

Available: Speech & Drama, Individual Acting Skills, Shakespeare, Performing Text

Available: Individual Acting in Pairs, Shakespeare Available: Group Drama - Devised, Group Drama - Scripts, Choral Speaking, Shakespeare 
Communication Skills Available Not available Available
Musical Theatre Available Available Available
Performance Arts Available Available Available


Solo candidates can choose between the following syllabus options:

Speech and Drama: The Trinity syllabus in Speech and Drama offers the candidate complete freedom of choice over performance items, and can include acting and performance poetry. Candidates also have a choice between sight-reading or story-telling, including improvisation and discussion of the selections made. As the grades advance, candidates should be able to discuss relevant aspects of theory.

Individual Acting Skills: This is a syllabus for students of all ages, who wish to present a full range of acting skills for assessment as solo performers. Grade 1 is the most junior grade available, at which level a candidate is required to perform a monologue and a mime, as well as discuss the prepared pieces.

Shakespeare: The Shakespeare syllabus is a wonderful new option for students of drama and literature, of all ages, and at all levels. It can be used by students of acting to increase their performance skills, confidence and understanding of playing characters created by the world's greatest playwright, as well as by students of literature, to enrich and supplement their study.

Performing Text: Performing Text is a popular alternative to the Speech and Drama syllabus, and is a good option for candidates who wish to develop performance skills but do not wish to demonstrate specific skills in acting. This syllabus  concentrates on performance of verse and prose, and prepared and unprepared reading. In the early grades, less memorised text is required.

Candidates in pairs may enter for the following subjects:

Acting in Pairs: Acting in Pairs is an excellent option for building confidence in acting, improvisation, and performance skills, and offers candidates a great deal of fun and enjoyment. It is a particularly apt choice for school pupils who may be taught in groups, and who may choose to present scenes from plays they are studying in class.

Shakespeare: As for solo candidates, the Shakespeare syllabus provides an excellent  new option for students of drama and literature, of all ages, and at all levels. For students of acting, they have the opportunity to develop their performance skills, confidence and understanding of playing characters created by the world's foremost playwright, whereas for students of literature, they have the chance to enrich and supplement their studies.


This is offered for candidates of all ages, and at all levels; for individuals from grades Initial (pre-foundation) to eight, and for groups from grades one to eight. In addition, Trinity College London also offers a Professional Certificate in Communication Skills for adults. This syllabus has proved a popular resource for specialist communication teachers and tutors; who have successfully used it to increase confidence and skill in all modes of speech communication, whether for social, professional, or public situations.


Grade examinations in Musical Theatre are available for solo, pair, and group work. The three disciplines that are examined in these syllabuses are singing, acting, and movement, and in accord with the nature of musical theatre, candidates need to demonstrate their ability in these skills through integrative performance.


This offers students in all performance arts the opportunity to demonstrate their achievement in a wide range of skills. Performance Arts is a subject that includes any kind of recognised performance skill, for example:

Acting, singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, speaking poetry or prose, mime, puppetry, classical or folk song, stage fighting, juggling, clowning, performing as a comic, performing magic, script-writing, make-up, video, costume and set design, puppet-making, direction.

Exam Dates in 2020

  May Aug  Dec
Session Dates

01 May 2020

(To be confirmed) (To be confirmed)
Entry Period 10 Jan - 28 Feb 2020 10 Apr - 12 Jun 2020 25 Jul - 28 Sep

Late Entry (Stage 1)

+ 50% of published fee

29 Feb − 30 Mar 2020 13 Jun - 17 Jul 2020 29 Sep - 30 Oct 2020

Late Entry (Stage 2)

+ 100% of published fee

31 Mar - 8 Apr 2020 18 - 27 Jul 2020 31 Oct - 10 Nov 2020

Exam fees and duration

Grade Exam Solo Fee (HKD) Pair Fee (HKD) Exam Duration (minutes)
Initial 880 N/A 8
1 1.020 1,530 10 
2 1,115 1,675 12 
3 1,190 1,785 14 
4 1,360 2,040 16 
5 1,475 2,215 18 
6 1,660 2,490 20
7 1,835 2,755 23 
8 2,210 3,315 25 

**For group fees, please pay solo fee plus fee per candidate of HKD 185.

Performance Certificates  Solo Fee (HKD)  
Foundation 1,360                                            
Intermediate 1,655
Advanced 2,900
Young Performers Certificates Group Fee (HKD)           
Bronze 1,190**
Silver 1,475**
Gold 1,830**

**Young Performers Certificates should pay a group fee plus additionalHK$185 per candidate in the same group.

Speech Communication Arts Fee per candidate (HKD)
Level 1 870
Level 2 925
Level 3 985
Level 4 1,060
Level 5 1,135
Level 6 1,410

Speech Communication Arts candidates will pay a basic individual fee per candidate. 

How to Register

Please download the registration form and return the completed form to us by the deadline. Please return registration form either:

  1. By e-mail:  examsrequest@britishcouncil.org.hk
  2. In person: Customer Services, British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Special arrangements

The British Council ensures equal opportunities to all candidates, including people with special needs.

We aim to make our best effort to cater for candidates with special needs. We try our best to enable candidates to understand exam questions and ways of giving answers. All candidates, irrespective of disability, will be assessed fairly and objectively. Please inform us before registration of any candidates who require special arrangements. Please submit a Special Needs Provision Form together with any relevant supporting materials (such as medical certificates) during registration and before exam entry deadline. You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years when registering for the exam. 

Please include a Special Needs Provision Form for each candidate with your entries to explain the nature of the special needs in as much detail as possible, at the time of registration. First-time entries for dyslexic candidates must be accompanied by a copy of a current psychologist’s report. If a candidate has been entered previously, please supply details of any special provisions required.


You will receive an exam report with provisional results within 2 weeks of the exam. Your official certificate will be available for collection within 8 weeks of the exam.


If you would like to order a replacement certificate (e.g. if the original has been lost), or request an amendment (e.g. if the candidate's name is incorrectly spelt), you will need to complete a Certificate Replacement & Amendment Form & return it to us along with the appropriate payment.

Please download and complete the Certificate Replacement & Amendment Form, which includes all pricing information.