Drama & Speech Skills

Creative Education UK offers Trinity College London's  wide choice of qualifications for students of drama and speech subjects, at all levels of experience and ability.

The syllabuses provide a structured framework designed to encourage the progressive development of integrated performance and communication skills over time. And the solo and pair graded exams and diplomas are fully accredited in the UK and recognised internationally in many other countries.

Exams can be taken by individuals, pairs or groups. Study strands include Speech and Drama, Individual Acting Skills, Group Performance, and Shakespeare.


Candidates enjoy an entirely free choice of repertoire in all examinations, and I actively encourage you to explore the literature and drama of your own culture.


Communication Skills

Creative Education UK also offer Trinity College London's examinations in Communication Skills for candidates of all ages at all levels; for individuals from groups from Grades 1-8. I also offer Trinity College's Professional Certificate in Communication Skills, which is taken by adults.
This syllabus is suitable for children and adults, and successfully increases confidence and skill in all modes of speech communication, whether for social, professional, or public situations. At its higher levels, these assessments have proved a valuable addition to preparation for a range of professions such as the law, medicine, business, religion, and teaching. 

Even speakers of English as a second language have found the challenges of this syllabus valuable, for example in preparation for business or conference presentations in English. There are no age restrictions.


Speech & Drama Solo

The Trinity syllabus in Speech and Drama offers the candidate complete freedom of choice of performance items, includes acting and poetry-speaking, offers candidates a choice between sight-reading or story-telling, includes improvisation and discussion of the selections including (as the grades advance) relevant aspects of theory. This syllabus is a very good choice for candidates wishing to broaden and enrich their understanding of literature, as well as for those wishing to progress in a range of speech performance 

Performing Text Solo

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

This option does not require acting or improvisation but it does allow for the development of interpretation and presentation skills. Discussion is on the selection, preparation and interpretation of the selections presented only.



Individual Acting Skills

Individual Acting Skills is a syllabus for students of acting 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 discussing the prepared pieces.

As the grades progress, prepared and impromptu improvisation is added, and contrasting monologues or speeches are required. There is no verse speaking requirement, though of course a candidate may choose a selection from a verse play. Discussion is on the prepared items and by the advanced levels a candidate will be required to discuss context, style, staging, and the rehearsal process.

This syllabus is a good choice for keen students from youth and adult drama groups, as well as for those individual students studying privately.


The Shakespeare syllabus is a wonderful 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 in playing the world's greatest playwright, as well as by students of literature to enrich and supplement their study.

The most junior level available in this syllabus is Grade 3 at which stage a student will perform any speech from a Shakespeare play and deliver a monologue in their own words as a different Shakespearian character.

At Intermediate level (Grades 4 and 5) contrasting speeches, delivery of a prepared talk, and song (sung or spoken) are introduced. At Advanced levels (Grades 6-8) other skills may be demonstrated too, such as sonnet speaking, disguise, or clowning, and a character performed may be 'hot-seated'. For Grade 8, a performance programme is required.

At all levels there is discussion on the performance selections and at Advanced levels that discussion may include language, context, style, staging, and costume.

Adult candidates as well as young performers may find this syllabus enjoyable and challenging and adult candidates have profited from entering from Grade 4 onwards. Second-language candidates have also successfully met the challenges of the Shakespeare syllabus.




Acting in

Acting in Pairs is a wonderful option for building confidence in acting, improvisation, and performance skills, and offers candidates a great deal of fun and enjoyment in doing so. It is an excellent choice for school pupils who may be taught in groups, and who may choose to present scenes from plays they are otherwise studying in class. It is also an excellent way to introduce a less confident pupil to the experience of performance assessment.

Acting in Pairs is available from Grade 1 to Grade 8. At the most junior levels, children perform a scene they have developed through improvisation. From Grade 3, a scene from a play is required as well as a contrasting scene developed through improvisation.

At the more advanced levels, scenes from plays in different styles (such as verse) are required, and candidates share the task of introduction.

This syllabus is often chosen as an option at Advanced levels by candidates who are senior school pupils whose lives are otherwise burdened by academic written examination papers.

Grade for grade, Acting in Pairs has the same value as any of the solo Acting and Speaking assessments. Each candidate receives a written report, and, if successful, a certificate. It is possible for members of a pair to achieve different levels of success.



Group Drama: Devised

Group Drama: Devised is a syllabus which offers assessments from Initial level to Grade 8 to groups of three or more candidates who wish to present their own self- devised scenes or plays.

At the most junior levels it requires a written storyline to be given to the examiner before starting and as the grades progress the syllabus requires different stimuli for the scene to be given to the examiner - a picture, a magazine article and so forth.

At advanced levels (Grades 6-8) original scripted plays are required, and from Intermediate levels up improvisation is also a component.

The option has been found valuable for teachers of drama in education from the infant school upwards. This syllabus is particularly valuable for adult or youth drama groups that wish to encourage and develop skills in shaping storylines into drama, and for school drama options where the skill of script writing is encouraged. It is of interest to tutors who work with drama as a therapeutic medium. Groups from private drama studios have also enjoyed the challenges of teamwork this syllabus provides.

Every participant in a successful group performance will receive a certificate. Group performances may be examined in the presence of an invited audience.



Group Drama: Scripts

The Scripts option for Group Drama (groups of three or more) is available as a syllabus choice from Grade 3 upwards. At Grade 3 level, one scene from any published play is performed.

At higher levels there are requirements about the kind of text performed (e.g. colloquial or non-colloquial) and about the period from which the scenes are chosen. At Grade 8 a themed programme is required.

This syllabus is a popular choice for school entries where candidates may be part of a drama or theatre studies option or a drama group, and for community drama groups where there is an emphasis on the performance of published plays.

Groups may be examined within the context of live performance which in practice may (for example) be an end-of-term concert or play.

For the full Drama & Speech Grade (1-8) Syllabus - Acting and Speaking Syllabus


For the full Communications Skills Syllabus -  Communication Skills Syllabus


Diplomas in Drama & Speech & Public Speaking Syllabus - Diplomas in Drama & Speech