Combining written and practical assessment, our Certificate in Speech and Drama allows learners to take their performance studies even further.
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About the PCertLAM

This qualification is for those learners who want to take their acting and performance studies further. 

Combining both a written assessment (Unit One), in the form of a portfolio of evidence, and a practical element (Unit Two), this exam delves into the process and preparation, as well the performance, of a recital. 

After drawing together their research in the portfolio of evidence, learners are able to demonstrate their technical skills in verse and prose recitation, and in acting as they perform a scene from a play. 

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

PCertLAM Unit 2 is now available online. Find out how to book here

What does the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo

A 5,000-6,000 word written assignment about the process of preparing a recital

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 60 minutes  

Performing a recital based around a theme including: 

  • an introduction 
  • one verse 
  • one prose piece 
  • one scene from a play 
  • one further piece 
  • three linking statements 
  • a conclusion 

Sight-reading a text 

Answer questions about: 

  • the reasoning behind the choice of theme 
  • the content of the verse 
  • the verse form 
  • the content of the book the prose piece is taken from 
  • the content of the scene 
  • how the social and historical context of one of the author’s writing influenced the performance 

Give an evaluation of the recital performance 


Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations can be found in the LAMDA Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (PCertLAM) syllabus. 


All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (PCertLAM)

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