…LAMDA at Lansdowne…
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is the oldest drama school in the UK. LAMDA began offering speech exams to the public in the 1880s and it is now the largest Speech and Drama awarding body in Britain.
LAMDA lessons are 100% practical, as are the examinations.
LAMDA awards are recognised by UCAS and earn points towards students’ university entry.
Students should consider LAMDA lessons if they:
- are keen actors and want to polish their performance skills
- love drama but do not necessarily want to take GCSE Drama or A Level Theatre Studies
- are less likely to gain high grades in mainstream subjects and want to increase their chances of getting a good college or university place – LAMDA exams earn extra UCAS points
- perform well academically but need to improve self-presentation skills and gain confidence at speaking in public
There are various courses on offer including Acting and Musical Theatre.
Students are required to study and learn speeches or songs. As they progress up the grades they are expected to undertake research on their chosen character, play, playwright/composer and style of drama, thus gaining good background knowledge of theatre.
The qualification is available at four levels, in line with the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF):
- Entry Level Entry
- Level 1 Grades 1, 2, 3
- Level 2 Grades 4, 5
- Level 3 Grade 6 (Bronze), Grade 7 (Silver), Grade 8 (Gold Medal)