Trinity College London believes that effective communicative and performance skills are life-enhancing, know no bounds and should be within reach of us all.

We exist to promote and foster the best possible communicative and performance skills through assessment, content, and training which is innovative, personal and authentic.

Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877. We specialize in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts, and English language.

With over 850,000 candidates a year in more than 60 countries worldwide, Trinity qualifications are specifically designed to help students progress.

Our aim is to inspire teachers and learners through the creation of assessments that are enjoyable to prepare for, rewarding to teach and that develop the skills needed in real life.

Why choose Trinity?

Teachers and students choose Trinity because:

  • we understand the transformative power of performance
  • our qualifications help ensure candidates make progress by providing carefully leveled stepping stones that build confidence and enjoyment while continuing to extend and challenge
  • we aim to design assessments that have a positive impact on student learning, engagement, and achievement
  • we encourage candidates to bring their own choices and interests into our exams — this motivates students and makes the assessment more relevant and enjoyable
  • our flexible exams give candidates the opportunity to perform to their strengths and interests
  • our qualifications are accessible to candidates of all ages and from all cultures
  • our highly qualified and friendly examiners are trained to put candidates at their ease and provide maximum encouragement.

South Africa

As a former British colony, South Africa has been hosting assessments in music and in drama and speech for more than a hundred years. These assessments, conducted by examiners specially flown in from abroad, range from Initial to Diploma level.

There are 7 public centres in South Africa and one in neighbouring Botswana and in Namibia. There are registered music exam centres in Knysna and George.

Trinity qualifications are highly regarded by most tertiary institutions in South Africa, although the level of recognition does vary from one institution to another. The Education Department recognizes grades 6 and 7 as an additional subject for Matric, although from 2014 the marks will no longer be included in the total, but it will still appear on the Matric certificate.

Trinity music examinations include the Rock & Pop syllabus for contemporary musicians. Other examinations include Drama and Speech, (Acting and Speaking; Musical Theatre; Communication Skills).

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