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*Coronavirus update*

The health and safety of all Trinity candidates, examiners and staff continues to be our absolute priority. With that in mind, and whilst we finalise our Autumn exam/moderation offer, we have taken the decision that we will not be running face-to-face exam sessions in the UK and Ireland until at least the beginning of November.

Any standard or joint moderation bookings (except those for Large Group online moderation) made for dates prior to the start of November will not be accepted. If you wish to moderate prior to November, please book onto a Large Group online moderation, for which details can be found below. 


We are currently conducting moderations remotely via digital online submission. Remote online moderation will be the only moderation option available to our centres until we are able to return to our normal processes. 

If you are planning on booking moderation in the next few months, we strongly recommend you deliver and prepare your work in a digital format to ensure moderation can still go ahead if normal moderation options are not available at the scheduled time. Portfolios that have been created in hard copy will need to be converted into digital format. If portfolios are already online, you will need to share the links with us.

If you are unable to work in digital format, you may place a provisional booking for face-to-face moderation later in the year, though this may be postponed or transferred to our alternative options at a later date if needed. We will contact you nearer the date to offer you the option to either switch to online moderation or postpone to a later date if face-to-face moderation is not available at the time.

For ideas and recommendations about delivering and developing work digitally, please read our blog.

The remote online moderation option that replaces Standard and Joint moderation involves submitting digitally online a percentage of your cohort’s portfolios/arts logs and the assessment report forms for your whole group. Please visit our Large Group Online moderation page for more information about this option and how to place a booking.

Please note that for Trinity to facilitate this moderation option, centres must consent to their digital work being accessed by an Arts Award moderator through their personal computer. Moderators will only have access to the work for the period of the moderation.


A standard moderation takes place at your venue on your preferred date and time, making it a very flexible moderation option.


What happens on the day of the moderation? 

The moderator will look through a sample of the portfolios, meet with 25% of the young people (up to a max. 10, or 15 for groups of 80+), and then speak with and deliver feedback to the adviser(s) moderated. 


How much does it cost? 

Standard moderations are subject to a minimum moderation fee of £490. This means that the total moderation fees of the candidates you are entering for moderation must reach or exceed this minimum. 

If the minimum moderation fee is not met, a 'top-up' amount to cover the difference will be charged. In all cases where a minimum fee applies, the moderation fee will either be the minimum fee or the total of the per-person moderation fees, whichever is greater.

If your anticipated moderation cost does not meet the minimum moderation fee, you may wish to look at the other moderation options as there may be a more cost-effective option for your centre. 

Find out more about meeting minimum fees and per-head costs by level.


How do I book? 

A standard moderation can be requested at any time of year. Bookings must be made at least 8 weeks in advance of the proposed moderation date.

Before booking a moderation you should ensure all Arts Award advisers who will be assessing the work of the young people are linked to the centre. Find out more about registering or linking to an Arts Award centre.

When you are ready to book, log into the centre portal and follow the 'Request a Explore/Bronze/Silver/Gold moderation' link to begin the booking process.


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Request an Explore/Bronze/Silver/Gold standard moderation by logging into the centre portal



What happens next?

Trinity will confirm your booking by email within 3 working days of receiving your request. This email will contain further information on how to complete the required adminstration for your moderation and prepare for the moderation day.

All email communication in relation to this moderation will be sent to the person selected as the booking contact and will be from your assigned 'Trinity Contact' - the Trinity staff member who is co-ordinating your moderation. Once booked, all queries about your moderation should be made to your assigned Trinity contact as they will be best placed to help. If you have not received your confirmation booking email within 3 working days, please contact moderation.team@trinitycollege.co.uk

Certificates will be sent within 4 weeks of your moderation date.


View our Terms and Conditions of booking, updated as of July 2020.


Useful links & resources

Best Practice Guidebook

Terms and conditions of booking

Adviser assessment report forms

Moderation & Minimum fees

Centre Portal Guidance