LAMDA Examinations and the UCAS Tariff 

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (better known as UCAS) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Applications through UCAS are conducted using the UCAS Tariff.  Post-16 qualifications are allocated points, which can then be used when applying for higher education courses. 

LAMDA’s recognised qualifications at Level 3 (that’s Grades 6, 7 and 8) are included in the UCAS Tariff.  

LAMDA Exams currently offer learners the chance to earn UCAS points in five different pathways: Performance (Acting, Devising Drama and Miming), Communication (Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public), Musical Theatre, Shakespeare and the LAMDA Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (PCertLAM).  

Learners can gain UCAS points from each pathway, based on their highest level of attainment.  


Performance/Communication/Musical Theatre 



Attainment Level

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Level 3

Level 3


12 points16 points30 points12 points24 points


10 points14 points27 points8 points16 points


8 points12 points24 points4 points8 points

Some things to consider:

1) Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff. Around half of all course entry requirements make reference to the tariff. 

2) Use of the tariff varies – some universities and colleges will list their entry requirements and make offers using only tariff points, some will ask for specific qualifications and a set amount of tariff points and some will request tariff points only from specific qualifications.  


What is my LAMDA qualification called on the UCAS tariff calculator? 

The LAMDA Exams qualifications are located towards the bottom of the dropdown box on the UCAS website:

  • LAMDA Communication Examinations (Speaking Verse and Prose / Reading for Performance / Speaking in Public) – Graded Qualification in Speech and Drama – Grade 6 / 7 / 8 
  • LAMDA Performance Examinations Solo/Duo (Acting / Devising Drama / Miming) - Graded Qualification in Speech and Drama – Grade 6 / 7 / 8 
  • LAMDA Musical Theatre Solo/Duo - Graded Qualification in Speech and Drama – Grade 6 / 7 / 8 
  • LAMDA Shakespeare - LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare 
  • PCertLAM - LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (QCF) 

Once you have selected one of the above, enter the subject in the subject box e.g. Speaking Verse and Prose, then select either P (for Pass), M (for Merit) or D (for Distinction).  

If you have any queries regarding your UCAS application, please contact UCAS directly for assistance. 

Can a learner take more than one subject and gain points for each? 

Yes, but only if the subjects are from different pathways. For example, a learner can gain points from Speaking Verse and Prose (Communication) and Acting (Performance) but not from Acting (Performance) and Devising Drama (Performance) as they are both Performance subjects.  

Do LAMDA’s group examinations carry UCAS points at Level 3? 

Unfortunately, no. LAMDA’s group qualifications are not recognised (as they are not regulated exams). This means that learners cannot gain UCAS points for Group Acting, Group Devising Drama or Group Musical Theatre. 

When are exam results with UCAS points communicated by LAMDA to UCAS? 

UCAS collects results data from all awarding organisations annually. This happens at the time of year that A Level results are issued, typically at the end July.  

It is possible for LAMDA to send results data updates to UCAS in August and September. If your results are due after July, and you need them for course entry, you can request for us to send the results to UCAS by emailing us on [email protected] and providing your Unique Learner Number (ULN).  We will endeavour to fast track your result and update UCAS as soon as possible for you. 

What happens if I have taken a LAMDA exam prior to the annual UCAS results data collection date? 

LAMDA includes the results for all examinations in the annual UCAS results data collection from the start of the academic year. For example, the results of a LAMDA exam taken in September will be collected by UCAS during the next annual results data collection. 

What if I need UCAS to know of my UCAS points for LAMDA exams taken before the annual data collection time? 

This is not normally required  as the university admissions processes timelines are based around the time that A Level results are issued. However, when this is needed, you can request for us to send the results to UCAS by emailing [email protected] and providing the learner’s Unique Learner Number (ULN). Please note this service is not available between the months of May and August each year.  

What is the new UCAS Tariff? 

The new UCAS Tariff came into effect in September 2017. In this new tariff, LAMDA’s Level 3 recognised qualifications are allocated fewer points than before. The change also affected other speech and drama awarding organisations offering comparable qualifications in the performing arts sector.