Communication and Performance

Arts Award

The Arts Award is a suite of regulated, UCAS point bearing, awards that use creative activities to foster 21st Century skills.

The Arts Award framework can sit within and around curriculum delivery and be used across a range of formal and informal learning environments.

This unique set of arts qualifications builds skills essential for success in the 21st century: creativity, communication and leadership along with problem-solving, reflective-thinking and confidence. Arts Award takes young people on a creative journey, exploring the arts world, discovering their potential as artists, developing leadership skills and gaining a recognised qualification along the way.

Independent research finds Arts Award achievers experience increased confidence, communication skills and creativity, entrepreneurialism, independence and self-motivation; it's great preparation for further study and the world of work, whatever the future holds.

“I never thought I was much of a leader, but I'm not afraid to lead people now”

Arts Award candidate

“Over the past decade, we have seen Arts Award grow and develop, providing opportunities for over 250,000 young people to expand their cultural horizons. The impact study shows that Arts Award is helping to develop vital communications and presentation skills, encouraging young people to analyse and critique what they see”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

“Arts Award has provided motivation, opportunities to reflect on learning, and tangible examples of artistic excellence which often go unrecognised by formal assessment structures”

Professor Andrew Burn, Institute of Education, University of London

Arts Award is highlighted as a scheme that validates and encourages best practice in school arts provision and young people’s engagement, in The Arts in Schools: Foundations for the Future  report (2023), A New Direction.

Drama and Communication Skills Awards and Qualifications   

A range of regulated, UCAS point bearing, awards and qualification that cater for pre-school learners through to those engaged in industry-standard professional performing arts training.

Our Drama exams are uniquely designed to elevate communication and performance skills in a way that prepares candidates for success beyond the stage, where core skills are applied to real-world situations, like job interviews, giving presentations, and a host of creative and communicative applications.

Drama assessments and exams can be delivered within and around the curriculum and be used across a range of formal and informal learning environments.

The range of skills promoted by our Drama and Communication exams are targeted at real-world applications, however for candidates wishing to engage with a career in the performing arts our assessment framework offers an industry-standard training experience.

Trinity Drama candidates go on to win and be nominated for GRAMMYs, EMMYs, BAFTAs, Olivier Awards and star in globally successful theatre, film and TV productions.

“I would love to pursue a career in acting or maybe law, but whichever career path I decide to take, I know that the confidence and communication skills I have developed through the Trinity exams will help me greatly”

Grace Whittaker, Drama Candidate

“There’s no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t gone to college and studied for the Trinity Professional Musical Theatre diploma, I would never have got a job”

Nikki Bentley, performer

“The Trinity syllabus allows us to teach a Musical Theatre course that is not only equally weighted in all disciplines, but truly combines them in a way that prepares students for progressing through theatre school and into professional work

Graham Dickie MBE, The Dance School of Scotland

Find out more

Find out more about our Performance qualifications here.

Check out our government Case Studies for Performance projects here.


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