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How the Qualification Works
The syllabus is made up of two units, both of which are mandatory in order to achieve the whole qualification:
Unit One: Prepare and Deliver a Speech
Unit Two: Group Discussion Skills
These can be taken in any order over a period not exceeding two years. The qualification can be delivered in any educational setting. However, we anticipate that schools will integrate it into their Key Stage 3 provision over one to two years.
On completion of both units the marks are calculated and then weighted to achieve the final result.
A full qualification certificate indicating a Pass, Merit or Distinction is provided on successful completion of both units. Learners also receive a personalised examination report, including grades for all aspects of their work and examiner’s feedback.
Additional support material to aid centres, teachers and learners preparing for this Award is available as part of the licensing fee.
Click here to read the full syllabus specification.
The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Speaking and Listening Skills is recognised by Ofqual and the corresponding regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland. It is eligible for public funding as determined by the Department for Education (DfE) under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.
Unit One is designed to enable learners to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication. Based on a set list of current topics provided by LAMDA, each learner is required to research, prepare and deliver a persuasive speech to an imagined audience.
Assessment is both internal and external.
For the internal assessment (20% of the final mark for the unit), learners are assessed by their teacher via the submission of a Research and Preparation folder.
For the external assessment (80% of the final mark for the unit), the learner delivers their prepared speech to an external examiner from LAMDA. The speech is no longer than three minutes, and is introduced by the learner, who states the imagined audience to whom the speech is addressed. Although learners must not read their speech in its entirety, they can use note cards and appropriate visual aids.
The total mark for this unit represents 60% of all the overall grade for the qualification.
Unit Two is designed to enable learners to develop a range of communication skills in a group format. It is their opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills required for effective group discussion and to engage with the content of a discussion in a small group of between three and five participants.
Assessment for Unit Two is both internal and external.
For the internal assessment (20% of the final mark for the unit), learners watch a DVD of a group discussion and complete a written examination. This examination is marked by the teacher.
For the external assessment (80% of the final mark for the unit), learners are assessed by a LAMDA examiner as they participate in a group discussion, lasting approximately 10 minutes. The discussion topic is selected in advance from a set list provided by LAMDA.
The total mark for this unit represents 40% of the overall grade for the qualification.