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Education Studies

Trinity’s range of Diplomas is being updated and some of our higher level qualifications are due to be withdrawn. For more details on which ones, and the timeline for withdrawal please read our news release.


Education Studies (Speech and Drama or Musical Theatre) is the field in which experienced teachers and tutors of those performance subjects may present for the highest diploma award, the Fellowship (FTCL). Education Studies is only available as a subject for examination at this highest level.

Historically, the FTCL was only awarded through successful demonstration in examination of masterly performance. Those practitioners who had developed refined skills in teaching but who were not primarily performers were unable to proceed to the highest diploma level. The availablility of the FTCL Education Studies has rectified that situation and allows senior teachers to achieve the highest diploma level.

Two examined units must be completed successfully for the diploma to be awarded. The first assesses development skills and requires the presentation of a written dissertation on a topic relevant to the candidate's experience. The exact nature of the topic must be agreed with the Trinity College London before entry. The second unit is a presentation to the examiners of the context, procedure, and results reported in the dissertation, and is followed by a viva voce.

Full details are in the Trinity Drama and Speech Diploma Syllabus.

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