FAQ - Speech and Drama with Trinity College London

To help you understand the various options Trinity College London offers, we're creating easy to understand guides for the different subject. In these guides you'll find all the commonly asked questions so you can make the decision that's right for you.

What is Speech and Drama?

Speech and Drama is subject that encompass all aspects of performance that include vocal and physical techniques. The speech side of the qualification may include poetry and prose presentation, delivering a speech or presentation in a range of settings, and even storytelling. The drama side may include improvisation, mime, self-devised work or script work from a variety of time periods. Students get to select the tasks themselves and are able to choose the works that they engage and enjoy the most.

Who is this subject for?

This subject is ideal for students who would like to develop their performance skills. Students get to work with high quality scripts as well as craft their own material for presentation, so students can experience both sides of the process. There is a great deal of variety in what students can choose to perform, including storytelling, poetry, prose, scripted drama and speeches. This makes speech and drama a great option for anyone who wants to gain confidence or develop their speech, performance and presentation skills.

As exams and lessons are only conducted in English, those who have learned English as a second language will need to be confident with their English skills. Trinity College London recommends that students are at a CEFR B2 English level for grade 3 and up, and a C1 English level for these exams at grade 6 and above.

What do I have to do in the exam?

The tasks of the exam vary on the level and setting you choose to sit the exam in. Generally most students will sit 3 or more performance tasks, and some theory and improvisation work that is appropriate to the level of the student.

The ATCL diploma syllabus works in a very similar way. Students will perform a program of 5 performance pieces and engage in improvisation and discussion around subjects that arise from their performance program.

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