LAMDA Drama Classes
Earn extra Ucas points with South Manchester Helen O'Grady
Who are LAMDA?
LAMDA was founded in 1861 and is the oldest drama school in the UK offering examinations in speech and drama to the public for over 130 years.
What does LAMDA do?
The process of preparing for and succeeding in LAMDA examination essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life in developing a learner’s ability to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
- improve confidence in speaking and listening
- memorise and recall information
- research and create persuasive formal presentations
- create and defend arguments
- engage in constructive informal conversation
- work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team
How does a student attending LAMDA achieve a qualification?
The LAMDA examinations provide the opportunity to nurture a student’s natural abilities. These critical skills will enhance their self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, in work, or in the community, that is, to fulfil their potential. Whilst all the examinations are rooted in encouraging participants to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word, the classes are and exercise of the body in themselves. They are active, challenging and thought provoking. A child will be moving, performing and engaging socially face to face with other persons and their peers. They will not be sat down in front of a screen, they will be active human beings enjoying the exercise of drama.
Where are the LAMDA classes held?
The classes will be held on a Saturday afternoon at Our Lady & the English Martyrs Parish Centre, Davyhulme Circle, Davyhulme Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 7DS between 2pm and 4pm.
Which age groups will be able to take part in the classes?
There will be two classes for the LAMDA students. One will be for the Upper Primary Children and the second will be for the Youth section. Each child can take part in the lesson with a view to working towards an examination through LAMDA which can award UCAS points which is accepted by many universities.
Who are UCAS?
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Its aim is to help students make informed choices that are right for them – guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the higher education application process. Applications through UCAS are conducted using the UCAS Tariff. This is a means of allocating points to compare post-16 qualifications used for entry to higher education. It was developed to help learners make sensible application choices and to provide information to universities and colleges about a wide range of qualifications. LAMDA’s Level 3 recognised qualifications are included in the current UCAS Tariff. LAMDA examinations are graded through to the PCertLAM award which is LAMDA Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies.
Is the qualification only used for university entrance?
Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that empowers the individual. To succeed in a LAMDA examination demonstrates not only that learners have met the rigorous assessment criteria in a particular discipline, but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard.