Communication Skills

Develop the real-world skills you need to perform

Trinity College London Communication Skills exams present candidates with practical, creative tasks that reflect real-world situations, enabling them to develop invaluable 21st century skills and make real progress in life.

Trinity offers exams in Communication Skills for candidates of all ages at all levels. The exams are offered for individuals and groups at Initial (pre-foundation) to Grade 8. Trinity also offers Performance Certificates at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels, for candidates who want to focus on developing their skills in creating and delivering presentations for a range of audiences and settings.

Communication Skills Specifications from 2020

The 'from 2020' specifications:

  • Develop a range of transferable communication skills, including problem-solving, creativity, team working and organisational skills, that will have a positive impact in both education and the workplace
  • Feature practical tasks that reflect real-world situations such as preparing and delivering CVs for interview, stories for broadcast, and presentations that debate current issues 
  • Now offer Group Initial exams, giving beginner candidates a goal and preparation for Grade 1 onwards
  • Offer candidates the choice to have their skills assessed individually or within a group
  • Provide clear instructions for teachers and candidates, with the specifications now in a new format
  • Are accompanied by digital support resources that provide: advice and support on exam structure and preparation, and interviews with examiners, teachers and past candidates

Withdrawal of the Professional Certificate in Communication Skills

Following updates made to the Communication Skills Specifications from 2020, the Professional Certificate in Communication Skills exam is being withdrawn.

The final date for examination of this qualification is 31 May 2021. There are alternative qualification pathways that can be taken, and for more information on these please refer to this document.

Validity of the Communication Skills syllabus specifications

From 1 September 2020 the From 2020 specifications replaced the From 2019 specifications. There is no change in the requirements between the two editions, just the addition of attainment descriptors. The From 2020 specifications will overlap with From 2010 specifications until 31 July 2021 when the 2010 edition will be withdrawn.

Download the 'from 2010' specifications

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