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Grade and certificate exams

Graded exams may be taken in the following subjects:

Additional regulatory information is contained in the Drama specification supplement.

All subjects are available at three levels:

  • Foundation (Grades 1-3)
  • Intermediate (Grades 4-5)
  • Advanced (Grades 6-8)

In addition, Performance Certificates may be taken at four levels:

  • Young Performers (pre Grade 1; up to age 7)
  • Foundation (post Grade 3)
  • Intermediate (post Grade 5)
  • Advanced (post Grade 8) 

Although there is a natural progression through Trinity’s drama certificates and exams from Young Performers Certificates to Initial to Grade 8 and then onto Diplomas, candidates may enter at any level. There is no upper age limit, but the Age and Grade Guidance is provided regarding the minimum age for each stage. 

All successful candidates in the Grade and Certificate exams receive certificates showing their level of achievement as Pass, Merit or Distinction.


*Withdrawal of Choral Speaking and Shakespeare grades

Following a syllabus review and in preparation for the publication of a revised Acting and Speaking syllabus, the Shakespeare (solos, pairs and groups) and the Choral Speaking graded exams have been withdrawn.

Certificates will continue to be issued for these qualifications until 31 December 2017

Guidance on suitable alternatives can be found as follows:


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