Speech and drama syllabus updates 2019

The following information can also be found in the 2019 Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses.

Speech and Performance Theory

Speech and Performance Theory now features an updated Reference book list. There have also been changes to the following 2 questions in Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively:

  • Grade 6 Question 1, Foundations (a) the length of the passage to be transcribed has been changed from 50 to 40 words.

  • Grade 7 Question 1, Foundations (a) the length of the passage to be transcribed has now been given as 50 words (previously no word length was given).

Speech and Performance (formerly Drama and Performance)

In 2018 an evaluation of the Drama and Performance syllabus was undertaken and as a result this syllabus has now been renamed. It will now be known as the Speech and Performance syllabus. The syllabus reference book list and some syllabus wording have been updated as part of the revision. In addition, the following changes have been made:

  • all grades – The timing requirements for various questions/sections within the exam have been altered. Some question parameters have also changed. See individual grades in the 2019 Speech and Performance syllabus for details.

  • level 3 Diplomas – The Associate of Drama and Performance, Australia (ADPA) and Licentiate of Drama and Performance, Australia (LDPA) will now become the Associate of Speech and Performance, Australia (ASPA) and the Licentiate of Speech and Performance, Australia (LSPA). 

Transition arrangements

The Speech and Performance (revised syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama and Performance syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech and Drama Manual for 2 years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 Drama and Performance will be withdrawn and candidates will no longer be able to present using this syllabus.

ADPA and LDPA diplomas

Candidates who commence their ADPA or LDPA before 2021 will be able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined by Regulation 20 in the 2019 Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses. For further information please contact the state office​.

Exam enrolment arrangements

Written diploma exams

All ADPA/ASPA and LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol 6 weeks in advance of their written examination. The examination date, venue and supervision arrangements are negotiable and need to be agreed between the enroller and the state office. Please call the state office on (07) 3634 0933 for more information.

LDPA/LSPA dissertation

All LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol for Section III at a time of their choice and are required to submit their dissertation within 6 weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the dissertation topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the dissertation.

Drama and Communication

In 2017 and 2018 the Drama and Communication syllabus was part of the Recital exam trial. The Recital exam trial has now concluded, but elements from the trial have now been incorporated as options in the full syllabus. An evaluation of the full syllabus has resulted in a revision that allows individual candidates, as well as duos and larger groups, to undertake exams in this syllabus.

The syllabus now has additional flexibility, allowing all candidates to pick from 3 different syllabus program structures (see the syllabus itself for specific details). The time allowed for Drama and Communication exams at Grades 2, 5 and 6 has also changed (see Regulation 13 in the 2019 Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses for details). Some other question parameters have also been altered/updated (see individual grades of the 2019 Drama and Communication syllabus for details) and the syllabus now features a refreshed reference book list.

Transition arrangements

The Drama and Communication (revised syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama and Communication syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech and Drama Manual for 2 years after the release of the revised syllabus. From the start of 2021 the previous Drama and Communication syllabus will be withdrawn and no longer available for examination.

Voice and Communication

The reference book list for the Voice and Communication syllabus has been updated. It can be found in the 2019 Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses​. In addition, some question parameters have also been altered/updated (see the individual grades in the Voice and Communication syllabus for 2019 requirements).

Exam enrolment arrangements

APCA folio

All APCA candidates are able to enrol for Part 2: Written at a time of their choice and are required to submit their folio within 6 weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the folio topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the folio.​​​
Last updated
21 March 2019