Access Programme Examples: Trinity Speech & Drama exams

Need help planning a motivating drama programme? Our free-to-access resources will help inspire students preparing for Speech & Drama grade exams

The Trinity Speech & Drama exam specification allows candidates and teachers to choose from a wide range of repertoire. Students can specialise in literary or dramatic forms that they are interested in and that complement their studies. Teachers may, however, need some guidance with making suitable material choices, in which case we recommend that you review our example programmes. These resources can also help to save valuable time to choose and research pieces that are suitable for students’ individual requirements.

The example programmes offer suggestions for pieces suitable for each grade, such as story extracts, poems, a passage of prose, monologues or extracts from plays, or a mime. For higher levels, there are suggestions of passages of reportage or extracts from speeches by notable people that can be used. Candidates gain confidence and develop skills in speaking and understanding text by bringing it to life.

What's included in the Speech & Drama programme examples?

With our Speech & Drama qualifications in mind, the examples of the programmes include tips for selecting material and interacting with candidates about the selected material at each level, as well as information on how to get candidates emotionally engaged with the material.

For each level, there are at least three example pieces, and we include descriptions of what the pieces will show the examiner. Depending on the candidate's strengths and abilities, teachers can find an exam programme to suit their candidates’ needs. These wide-ranging suggestions are derived from a variety of sources, such as: folk tales and famous children’s writers like Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo, to modern playwrights and poets you might not have heard of.

How will the drama resources support teachers and students?

Our Speech & Drama programme example resources will support teachers and drama schools to:

  • Simplify researching and selecting exam pieces, saving valuable time and resources
  • Make repertoire decisions that are personal to each student and their level
  • Define the requirements of each grade and attain valuable insights into the expected skill level of candidates
  • Develop greater insight into what the examiner is expecting at each grade and how this can be delivered by the programme of pieces performed as part of the exam
  • Prepare candidates more comprehensively for the exam experience and avoid typical pitfalls.


Download Trinity’s Programme Examples for Speech & Drama

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