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Diploma exams

Diplomas in Drama and Speech subjects

Ƶ's suite of diploma exams (ATCL and LTCL) are designed to enable students, performers, teachers, directors and other drama practitioners to develop their skills at an advanced level.

Performance diplomas are aimed at learners working at a level that show professional potential as multi skilled and reflective performers.  These solo exams focus on the integration of a range of performance skills and rehearsal methodologies, including the delivery and interpretation of a range of literary forms, and the ability to understand fundamental concepts in drama performance.

Teaching diplomas are aimed at learners leading individual and group work with children or adults in studios, stage schools and colleges, and community youth theatres. These exams introduce teaching techniques in a range of drama forms, assessing knowledge and the practical application of classroom skills.

The following subject options are available:

  • Speech and Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Arts
  • Communication Skills
  • Applied Drama

In all units candidates are encouraged to explore material relevant to their own country and professional situation.

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There are two levels of Diploma:

  • Associate (ATCL)
  • Licentiate (LTCL)

All ATCL and LTCL Diplomas may be awarded either as Pass or Distinction. 

Associate (ATCL) performance diplomas are a one-unit qualification assessed through practical performance and teaching diplomas are three units - practical teaching, submitted materials and a written paper.

Licentiate (LTCL) performing and teaching diplomas are three units – practical, submitted materials and a written paper.

For more information about how to use your ATCL to support your application for Higher or Further Education please visit the Drama recognition page.

Further information about digital Drama exams

For details about how to record and submit your digital submissions and how you will receive your results, please click on the buttons below.

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