LAMDA Certification

LAMDA Acting Exams are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience.

DCS_ 016.JPG


LAMDA (London Academy Music and Dramatic Art) is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. LAMDA has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years.

In this time, LAMDA's qualifications have helped hundreds of thousands of candidates of all ages and abilities to develop lifelong skills.

LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognizing and rewarding the endeavors of each individual – but they are also about empowerment. LAMDA's 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, LAMDA's examinations unite learners of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and cultures in enthusiasm for the English language and a desire to develop skills for life.


Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:

Interpretative Skills
The learner will be required to explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the text and engage with character and situation in order to create a sense of reality.

Technical Skills
The learner will be required to develop skills in voice, diction and movement.

Knowledge of the Performance Process
The learner will be required to know and understand the chosen selections and know and understand the key principles and influences in the process of acting for one of the following practitioners: Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht or Jerzy Grotowski (Grade 8 only).


The qualification is available at four levels, in line with the Regulated Qualifications Framework

Entry Level

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Performance:

Acting is designed to introduce learners to basic acting skills. Learners will perform one scene from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to show that they understand the meaning of what they are speaking. Their use of space will complement their performance.


Level 1 / Grade 1 -3

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop basic acting skills.

Learners will perform two scenes from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to apply their knowledge, understanding, and skills to produce a thoughtful interpretation, based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation. Through variations in volume, pace and pause they will be able to create and convey mood. Their use of body and space will complement their performance.


Level 2 / Grade 4- 5

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop a range of acting skills.

Learners will perform two scenes from memory. The performance will be audible and intelligible with vocal contrast through which mood and meaning are communicated. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the material, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is an application of appropriate technical skills. Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to secure performance. Use of voice, body, and space will be effectively combined to communicate the text and engage the audience.

Level 3 / Grade 6 - 8 / Bronze, Silver and Gold

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of acting skills. Learners will perform their chosen scenes from memory, integrating their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the material. There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness. The presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal flexibility to support and inform characterization and engage the audience.


Learners may enter for an Acting examination at any grade. Each grade is independently assessed.