What is LAMDA?

LAMDA is now the largest Examination board of Speech and Drama examinations and not only has it gained a reputation of excellence as a Drama School and leader in examinations in the UK, the Academy is renowned throughout Europe, Middle East, Far East, Africa and the United States.

What do they do?

LAMDA offer a wide range of examinations including Speaking Of Verse and Prose, Acting, Mime, Reading For Performance, Devised Performance, Spoken English and Public Speaking.  The Speaking examinations are taken individually but the Performance examinations may be taken individually or with a partner.  LAMDA also offer group examinations in Speaking, Acting and Devised Performance.

Through a range of examinations their mission at LAMDA is to:

  • Improve standards of communication through the spoken word
  • Develop an appreciation for literature and drama
  • Provide a framework through which individuals can develop
  • Support the creative, social and intellectual development of an individual
  • Build confidence and self esteem
  • Enable students to acquire skill certification
  • Through examination provide a record of personal achievement.

LAMDA offer a wide range of Examinations and at the Step On Stage Academy students will be offered the opportunity to prepare for the following examinations:

  • Speaking of Verse and Prose
  • Acting
  • Mime
  • Reading For Performance

How are the exams graded?

The examinations are split into 4 main levels:

Introductory Examinations (Minimum Age 5)

Entry Level (Minimum Age 8)

Level 1 (Foundation) - Grades 1-3

Level 2 (Intermediate) - Grade 4-5

Level 3 (Advanced) - Grades 6-8 which are also known as Bronze,Silver and Gold Awards.

After students have reached Grade 8, they can then continue to study towards their diplomas. These are:

  • The LAMDA Certificate in Speech and Drama (P.CERT.LAM)
  • The LAMDA Diploma in Drama Art (LDDA)
  • The LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (LSDE)

Students can also be entered for the LAMDA Communication Award and the LAMDA Performance Award.


LAMDA Examinations are accredited by the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) providing nationally recognised qualifications.  This means that they are part of the National Qualifications framework and equate with other qualifications within the sector.

LAMDA Website

For further information visit the LAMDA website at www.lamda.org.uk/exams/index.htm


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