LAMDA Examinations New Qualifications: Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Examinations are being developed for recognition at Level 1, 2 and 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) to ensure parity with our current Acting Examinations and to offer a route into the new Acting Diploma. Unlike our current suite of graded qualifications, the Shakespeare Qualifications will not be graded and will instead be offered as one examination at each level. Assessments will be graded as: Pass, Fail, Merit and Distinction. At Level 3 we will be seeking inclusion on the new Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Tariff. 

  • Level 1 will enable Learners to develop basic skills in performing a Shakespearean text.  Learners will perform from memory one set speech from a specified choice of plays by Shakespeare. Learners 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.
  • Level 2 will require Learners to perform from memory two own choice scenes, each from a different Shakespearean play. The performance will be audible and intelligible, with vocal expression through which mood and meaning are communicated. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of Shakespeare’s language, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is application of appropriate technical skills.
  • Level 3 will enable Learners to develop a wide range of skills in performing Shakespeare. Learners will perform from memory two own choice scenes, each from a different play by Shakespeare, and one sonnet. They will integrate their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the text and language.  Learners will take ownership and demonstrate a personal interpretation of the text. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation.

Next steps
The syllabus for the Shakespeare Examinations is being finalised and will then be submitted to our regulators – the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – for recognition. We are aiming for the syllabus to be available to teachers in the summer term (August/September 2017) and for first assessments to take place from 1 January 2018.

To aid with preparation for the Shakespeare Examination, a Shakespeare Publication will be available for purchase in our online store from December 2017.

Our qualifications are always designed with our customers in mind and we hope that you will be as excited as we are by this new offering. If you have any questions about the new qualification or would like to offer your comments/feedback on the above information, please email us at

We are still developing our new Acting Diploma, which was also mentioned in our last issue of Voiceover, so watch this space for more information in the coming weeks...

Published on 18 May 2017

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