LAMDA Diploma in Communication,
Speech and Drama Education (LSDE)

The LSDE is designed to introduce communication, speech and drama as subjects and to deliver the skills necessary to teach these subjects.

It is ideal for teachers with existing qualifications who wish to specialise in communication and/or speech and/or drama. It is equally valuable for those who have specialist subject knowledge in these fields and who wish to develop teaching skills. 

The LSDE is a multi-unit qualification and all units are compulsory.

To register for the LSDE, please complete a LSDE Registration Form and send it back to LAMDA, enclosing full payment for the qualification registration fee. To enter for the LSDE units, please complete a LSDE Unit Entry Form and send it back to LAMDA, enclosing full payment for the unit fee. Units can be entered for at any time and in any order once a learner has registered for the LSDE.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 require the submission of a written assignment (Portfolio of Evidence). An examination session does not need to be booked. Two copies of the Portfolio of Evidence must be submitted to LAMDA for marking using the LSDE Unit Entry Form. Payment for the unit fee must be enclosed. A completed Assignment/Portfolio of Evidence cover sheet must be attached to each copy of the Portfolio of Evidence to confirm the authenticity of the learner’s work.

For Unit 3, to book the Assessed External Teaching Observation in the UK you must complete the Unit 3 section of the LSDE Unit Entry Form and send it back to LAMDA six weeks before the intended date of the observation. Payment for the Unit 3 fee must be enclosed. Once the form has been processed you will receive confirmation from LAMDA of your Assessed External Teaching Observation date. Two copies of the Unit 3 Scheme of Work must be submitted to LAMDA for marking a minimum of four weeks before the date of the Assessed External Teaching Observation. A completed Assignment/Portfolio of Evidence cover sheet must be attached to each copy of the Scheme of Work to confirm the authenticity of the learner’s work.

To book the Assessed External Teaching Observation internationally, the observation must be scheduled alongside an examination session when an examiner is in the country. Please contact LAMDA directly for more information.

Theoretical and Subject Knowledge in Communication, Speech and Drama

Present a Portfolio of Evidence comprising one Analytical Overview of between 3000 and 5000 words, and a Case Study of between 2000 and 3000 words. 

The Portfolio of Evidence should demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • The Learning Process
  • Voice and Speech
  • Syllabuses and Curriculum.

The Application of Professional Knowledge in Communication, Speech and Drama

Present a Portfolio of Evidence comprising one Analytical Overview of between 5000 and 7000 words, and a Case Study of between 3000 and 4000 words. 

The Portfolio of Evidence should demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • working with text: repertoire, strategies and techniques
  • devising drama, mime and improvisation
  • equality and inclusion
  • health and safety.

Demonstrating Practical Teaching Skills relating to
Communication, Speech and Drama

  1. Present a 10-lesson Scheme of Work for an own-choice communication, speech or drama subject.
  2. Teaching practice:

    a. Complete 20 hours of supervised teaching practice with a teacher who holds Qualified Teacher Status or its international equivalent. The learner must also maintain a Log Book detailing the supervised teaching practice.

    b. Participate in an external observation, during which an examiner observes the learner teaching a class. The Log Book must also be presented at the external observation and discussed with the examiner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age do I have to be to take the LSDE?
The minimum age for the LSDE is 19 years old. You can begin preparing before your 19th birthday but will not be able to submit any units for assessment until you are at least 19 years old. 

Support Documents

“I now know how to read and think about a piece, to think about the character’s motivations and frame of mind [because of LAMDA exams].

Izzy Miekle

Izzy Miekle-Small, actor