LAMDA qualifications now available through B.A.D.


For anyone (children, young people and adults) keen to further develop their performance skills, we separately offer exams from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

These nationally-recognised qualifications are focused on allowing students to express themselves more effectively.

They provide the techniques needed to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

“The experience and knowledge that students gain through LAMDA enrich them in many unique ways. It gives them increased confidence, improved public speaking skills, listening and observation techniques, enhanced creative thinking and refines their brainstorming abilities."

“Ultimately, we want to provide all students with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be a success – life skills that are important no matter what career a student eventually follows.”

What do the sessions involve?

Our LAMDA sessions are open to students of all ages from 6 - 60 years. They are run separately to our existing classes – which means you don’t need to attend our group classes to participate. 

These fun and concentrated half-hour sessions are designed to teach students the techniques to develop the skills needed for public speaking, performance poetry, improvised acting, duologue and solo acting.

The sessions are ideal for children and adults who:

  • Would like to test out their performing skills in a more focused way - perhaps enhancing what they have already learnt in group classes

  • Enjoy drama lessons in a quieter and more intimate environment

When ready, most students take an exam at an appropriate grade – and then move onto the next grade after each exam.

Although it is not compulsory to take an exam, we do encourage students to perform in a showcase where they can share their new skills with family and friends.


What exams are available?

At B.A.D., LAMDA examinations can be taken in any of the following five areas:

  1. Acting monologue

  2. Acting duologue

  3. Introductory exams

  4. Speaking verse and prose

  5. Shakespeare examination

What does a LAMDA qualification mean?

One of the UK’s oldest drama schools, LAMDA is internationally-renowned for excellence and it’s an accredited awarding body of Ofqual (The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England). Communication and Performance Examinations at Level 3 are recognised within the UCAS tariff for UK university entrance.


Classes are held in the rehearsal room at The Kelvin Players Studio, 253B Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NY.

Examinations are taken at a Public Centre in Bristol, venue to be advised once entry is made.



Monday to Thursday term time between 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm. 

Classes vary in length and are either:

  • 20 minutes

  • 30 minutes

  • 40 minutes 

They vary in length and are set due to age, grade and style being studied.

How much?

LAMDA fees 2018/2019 (paid termly):

                  Length of Lesson            Joint or Solo              Price*

                 20 minutes                   Solo                          £14

                                                    Joint*                        £10 per student

                 30 minutes                   Solo                          £21 

                                                   Joint*                         £15 per student

                 40 minutes                    Solo                         £28

                                                    Joint*                        £20 per student


*Joint sessions are a maximum of 2 students and are available where the students are taking a similar grade/discipline or you can request a joint lesson and we can do our best to match you with another student looking to do the same.


Current Bristol Academy of Drama students are entitled to a 5% discount on lesson fees.


There is an additional exam fee for those students who take the examinations and the price depend on the grade and range from £50 to £110 and includes certificates, entry administration, supporting students on the day of the exam and disseminating results.


Who runs the sessions?

Classes are run by experienced LAMDA practitioners, Claire Vincent (Artistic Director of BAD) and Paul Lawless. Both have a 100% pass rate, with all of their students gaining Merit or Distinction grades. Find out more about our LAMDA teachers on our team page.


Book your place or find out more

If you would like to book a place at one of our upcoming LAMDA sessions, or you would like to find out more, please get in touch using the contact form below.


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