Course Leader: Stuart Morrison MAVS MFA (RCSSD) PGCE FVCM(TD)(Hons) FVCM(Hons) LLCM(TD) LGSM ALCM ALAM

This course is designed to train you to become a specialist teacher of Speech and Drama. The course teaches through introducing you to methods which are used for teaching this subject in the 21st Century. The course gives you the skills which are needed for this subject in the modern world and shouldn’t be confused with elocution type courses of the past.

A high standard of speech performance is, of course, still a requirement for this qualification. To achieve this you will study practical performance skills, the theory of speech and drama and the skills which are needed to teach. To complete this course, you will have a weekly one-hour tutorial with Stuart Morrison. Stuart will lead you through all the practical and theoretical knowledge which you will need to undertake the teaching qualification. The one-hour tutorial can be taken either online, in person or by a blend of both.



  • Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching
  • Licentiate Diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching
  • Fellowship Diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching

Each of these diplomas requires greater performance skills and more in-depth knowledge of speech, drama and teaching.


Entry Requirements

It is possible to enter at any level of diploma depending on your previous experience. To enter for the Associate Diploma, you will need to hold a Gold Medal or Grade 8 examination in speech and Drama or Acting, plus GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.

To enter the Licentiate Diploma you will need to hold the Associate Diploma or a qualification or suitable experience for entry, which would need to be discussed with Stuart. Examinations in the theory of speech are also offered for those students who do not hold formal qualifications.

The Fellowship Diploma is the highest level of Diploma which is offered by Speech Academy International. Entry to this diploma will need you to hold the Licentiate Diploma or for direct entry to this diploma a Licentiate Diploma such as LRAM, LGSM, LTCL, LLAM OR LLCM(TD).


Course Subjects

The following subjects are included in the curriculum for the course:

  • Clear and Effective Speech
  • Acting Technique
  • Voice Production
  • Theory of Speech
  • History of Theatre
  • History of English Literature
  • Movement
  • Relaxation
  • Play Analysis
  • Verse Speaking
  • Sight Reading
  • Public Speaking

All teaching diplomas offered by Speech Academy International are Accredited by the Victoria College of Music and Drama, London.

Speech Academy International are Victoria College of Music and Drama accredited