Speech and Drama

Bring text to life

The Speech and Drama syllabus specifications are designed for candidates who want to develop their skills by engaging with a variety of forms including poetry, prose and play extracts in a range of styles from different periods.

We do not prescribe the content, which allows candidates and teachers to choose literary and dramatic forms in which they have a particular interest or that complement their studies.

  • Develop skills in speaking and understanding text and communication by bringing text to life through performance
  • Practical tasks including performing poetry, prose, extracts from plays and discuss the work with the examiner
  • Integrates study from wider subjects such as English language, literature and history.
  • Available from Initial to Grade 8 for solo exams
  • Syllabus changes from the 2017 version.
“These exams give you a whole foundation of confidence, progression and a sense of achievement, and the external celebration of that achievement which is really important.”

Xenia Horne, Trinity Examiner

Current Drama specifications

For the current, Communication Skills, Musical Theatre and Performance Arts and Speech and Drama graded and certificate exam specifications, please click on the button below. Please note that there will be an overlap between the current Speech and Drama syllabus specifications, and the new 2020 edition through to 31 May 2021, after which only the new specifications can be used.

Current Drama specifications

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