Children or adults who are particularly passionate about drama can take LAMDA examinations. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art has been offering public examinations in performance and communication for 130 years.

They are a wonderful opportunity for teachers to offer a structured approach to a course of acting lessons. The LAMDA syllabus encourages the learner to acquire essential drama skills such as voice projection, diction, stage craft, character analysis, in-depth understanding of the text and good communication.

Right from the entry level exam the student will need to learn their lines, make themselves heard and clearly understood and demonstrate empathy for their character. After having performed two contrasting monologues, the learner will sit down for a chat with the examiner who will ask some questions that the student will be well prepared for.

As the grades progress the learner will make a gradually more in-depth study of the material leading to grades 6, 7 and 8 which contribute to UCAS points for university applications.
There are no written examinations and the feedback from examiners is kind, supportive and constructive.

Here is what LAMDA has to say:

“LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual – but they are also about empowerment. Our ultimate aim is to provide all people with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be a success: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

“At the heart of LAMDA examinations is the recognition that our qualifications are for everyone. Across the globe, our examinations unite learners of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures in enthusiasm for the English language and a desire to develop skills for life.”
You can find out more on their website.

I coach students for LAMDA exams on a one to one basis though some prefer to work with a friend and take a combined or duologue exam.

Up to grade 5 we aim to take an exam at the end of every full term (December, April and July) and there are around 14 lessons per term. Grades 6-8 will take longer depending on the student. Very young learners will start with an Entry level exam which is just one monologue and ten 20 minute lessons.
All students will take a mock exam before the real one so they feel thoroughly prepared when they walk into the real thing. Final exams are in London and students or their parents are responsible for getting there on the day.

We work in a focussed way and attainment is very high but it is not all about the exam. It is about what working towards the exam helps you to achieve on a personal level.