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What is it?

LAMDA stands for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is the oldest drama school in the UK. From January 2018 Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, War Horse, Star Trek, The Hobbit) has replaces Timothy West as LAMDA’s president. LAMDA's graduates work regularly at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe, London's West End and Hollywood as well as on the BBC, HBO and Broadway.

LAMDA examinations are taken by external students to the University and are considered the most prestigious qualification in the field of performance and communication examinations. LAMDA examinations are offered and recognised globally. Akin to music examinations they are regulated by OFQUAL and hold UCAS tariff points in their Level 3 (Grades 6-8) highest grades. They are a great way to build and measure progress with their rigorous and broad marking system and are a challenging way to build strong desirable technical and life skills.

Benefits

  • Builds creative and imaginary thinking

  • Builds and hones technical skills and artistry

  • Develops confident communication skills

  • Works towards a challenging achievable goal with a highly rewarding and celebrated outcome

  • Objective way to recognize and mark progress in each student

  • Globally recognized qualification

  • UCAS tariff points

Qualifications and Examination LAMDA Framework

Discipline Level Guided Age Range
Introductory Poem and Conversation Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

4 - 8

Communication and Performance Subjects Entry 8-10
Level 1
(Grades 1, 2 and 3)
8-18
Level 2
(Grades 4 and 5)
12-18
Level 3 - UCAS points
(Grades 6, 7 and 8)
14-18
NEW! Shakespeare Level 1 8 - 18
Level 2 12-18
Level 3 14-18

Subject Table

SCHOOL LESSONS
School dependent – can cater for individual school needs
PRIVATE LESSONS
PERFORMANCE DISCIPLINES
Solo and Duo exams
  • ACTING
  • MIME
  • ACTING
  • MIME
  • DEVISED
COMMUNICATION DISCIPLINES
Solo exams
  • SPEAKING IN PUBLIC
  • SPEAKING VERSE AND PROSE
  • SPEAKING IN PUBLIC
  • SPEAKING VERSE AND PROSE
  • READING FOR PERFORMANCE
NEW! SHAKESPEARE EXAMINATION
Solo (and Duo, Level 2-3 only exams)
OPTIONAL AS ALTERNATIVE TO ACTING
  • ALL THREE LEVELS OFFERED

NEW UCAS Tariff Points (2017)

Akin to registered examining bodies of music qualifications (ABRSM/Trinity).

Attainment Level LAMDA Grade 6 LAMDA Grade 7 LAMDA Grade 8
Distinction 12 16 30
Merit 10 14 27
Pass 8 12 24