The Trinity offer

Trinity Music

Whatever your musical tastes and whatever your musical strengths, Trinity College London has the music qualifications for you.

  • Every year Trinity College London supports the music education of thousands of students with assessments across a wide spectrum including Classical, Jazz and Rock & Pop music. Our graded exams from Initial to Grade 8 allow learners to perform to their strengths; the flexible structure enables learners to gain recognition for their own unique skills as performers.
  • Digital Grades and Diplomas sit alongside our face-to-face exams, providing even more choice and flexibility in how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved.
  • Trinity now offers a repertoire only pathway for students taking the Digital graded exam whereby they can submit a programme of four pieces (5 for singing) without the technical exercises. This provides choice and flexibility for students who wish to showcase their musical skills through the performance of repertoire only.
  • Our new, fully inclusive Awards and Certificates in Musical Development have been developed in association with Sounds of Intent, setting a new standard for accessible music assessments which enable all learners, working across the full spectrum of ability, to gain a regulated qualification for the first time.
  • Certificate exams offer a performance-only alternative to graded exams for solo performers or groups, at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level.
  • Our diplomas (ATCL, LTCL and FTCL) are for those looking to take their professional development to the next level in music performance, teaching or theory.
  • Our Theory of Music syllabus responds to modern teaching and learning styles, with workbooks presenting the study of musical theory in bright and practical formats. Watch our latest webinar on our Theory syllabus on-demand.
  • Trinity’s Digital Music Theory exams offer all of the benefits of taking the exam at a convenient place and time, whilst retaining the integrity of the musical approach at the heart of Trinity’s music theory exams. Visit our Digital Music Theory page for an in depth look at this innovation.
  • Our Level 4 CME (Certificate for Music Educators) teacher qualification is supported by a flexible programme of learning and is designed for music educators working in both formal and non-formal settings.

Trinity Drama (Musical Theatre and Performance Arts)

Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of Drama and Speech, at all levels of experience and ability.

  • Our Musical Theatre exams provide learners with the opportunity to integrate acting, singing and movement to become the all-round performer through the performance of pieces from published works of musical theatre. Whether as solo, in pairs, or in groups, candidates can bring character and narrative to life with song and movement as an actor or in production.
  • Unique to Trinity, our Performance Arts syllabus provides a huge range of flexibility, and can incorporate music making, composition, soundscape design and much more. In pairs, groups or as solo performers, candidates demonstrate their skills in the imaginative and creative exploration and integration of different performance forms and materials.

Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. The beauty of Arts Award is that it can be achieved in any art form, providing the opportunity to explore musical skills and genres outside of the usual graded music qualifications. Examples might include playing as part of a band or ensemble, music technology and production, composition, journalism, DJing, beatboxing – the list is endless!

Through progressing through the five levels, young people have the opportunity to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
  • experience arts events
  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

We have specific further support and guidance for schools looking to offer Arts Award

Find out more about Arts Award or get in touch with our Arts Award Subject Expert, Judy McFall.


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