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We encourage parents and students to consult the student's teacher for greater detail prior to enrolling, or the current AMEB Manual of Speech and Drama Syllabuses.

The following pages will provide information relating to each subject and grade along with the different types of exams available. Speech and Drama subjects can help students to develop acting and performance skills, self expression, communication skills, or learn about speech and performance theory.

Click the link below to help choose the most suitable syllabus.

Not sure which Speech and Drama subject is right for you?

All exams for this subject

  • This is a delightful introduction to the performance of prose, poetry and mime.

    Following the performance, the examiner will be delighted to engage the candidate in a friendly discussion…

  • This is a delightful introduction to the performance of prose, poetry and mime.

    Following the performance, the examiner will be delighted to engage the candidate in a friendly discussion…

  • This is an ideal introduction for learning skills to speak and read effectively to an audience.

    As well as choosing their own material candidates may bring along a significant object, a…

  • Grade 1 introduces candidates to an elementary understanding of:

    • Text: The use of expressive qualities used to convey meaning when speaking a selection of text…
  • This grade develops the candidate’s skills in preparing and performing a themed program. 

    The candidate introduces the theme, for example, Pets, Super Heroes, School or Nature, and…

  • This grade develops the candidate’s skills in preparing and performing a themed program. 

    The candidate introduces the theme, for example, Pets, Super Heroes, School or Nature, and…

  • The dramatic focus which provides a starting point both for the preparation and for the performance is Extraordinary. The aim is to develop a well-structured and cohesive presentation,…

  • This grade develops the candidate’s skills in the oral reading of prose and poetry.  

    Students can choose to:

    • share an interest in a favourite sport/indoor board game/computer…
  • Grade 2 takes candidates a little further in their understanding by:

    • Text: answering questions on expressive qualities such as phrasing, pause, emphasis and stress in…
  • This grade extends the candidate’s skills in preparing and performing a themed program. The starting point for the choice of a theme could be a favourite book, poem or area of special interest…

Things to note

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Changes for paper-based written exams from 2020

New set works for Theory of Music and Musicianship from 2020

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