The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is the oldest drama school in the United Kingdom.
LAMDA began offering speech examinations to public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication.
In the introductory stages students learn to perform a short poem with expression and clarity. After performing (from memory) they sit with the examiner for a short chat, where they demonstrate concentration and conversation skills. As the grades progress learners are introduced to a wide range of literature of performance skills.
Progressing through LAMDA Levels, from introductory exams up to Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, is an excellent pathway towards a career in the performing arts and is recognised by colleges and universities the world over. The higher grade examinations qualify for UCAS points, which can facilitate admission into Higher Education.
In addition to being the largest Speech and Awarding Body in the United Kingdom, LAMDA examinations have a reputation for excellence across Europe, the Far East, Africa and the United States. LAMDA has been recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England.