New Era Academy Examinations

I enter my local pupils for New Era Academy exams and they now award UCAS points from Grade 6 upwards.

Most exams are available from Preparatory Grade - approx age 5/6 up to grade 8 which is Gold Medal.

I will enter students in the following exams -    

Speech and Drama

These are from Preparatory Grade up to Grade 8 (Gold medal)

The student has to recite from memory one poem and one piece of prose and depending on grade sight read a passage and discuss theory with the examiner.


From Preparatory Grade to Grade 8 (Gold Medal)

Two scenes have to be performed and at the higher grades perform a piece of sight reading from a play. Grades 6, 7 and 8 require either improvisation or mime as well.

You will also have a short discussion with the examiner.


Minimum age 11 years.

Perform scenes from Shakespeare and discuss with the examiner.

Reading Aloud

From preparatory grade to Grade 8 (Gold Medal).

Read a prose passage from the actual book from a choice of two authors and read a poem from a choice of two poets.

Sight read prose and poetry.

No discussion with examiner.

Solo Verse Speaking

Students must be a minimum of 11 years old.

Recite from memory two, three or four poems - depending on grade.

English as an Additional Language

Specifications alter quite a lot for the different grades but include reading prose, reciting poetry, talking about life in the UK

Available from preparatory grade to Grade 8 (Gold Medal).


You must be a minimum of 10 years old

Present a recital from memory, based on a theme to include (depending on grade) a poem, an acted monologue, a piece of prose, or a mime or devised scene


These examinations are designed to enable students with specific disabilities, special needs and disadvantages to participate in the examination process successfully.

UCAS Points

  • Grade 6
  • Pass gets you 20 points
  • Merit gets you 35 poimts
  • Distinction gets you 40 points
  • Grade 7
  • Pass gets you 35 points
  • Merit gets you 50 points
  • Distinction gets you 55 points
  • grade 8
  • Pass gets you 45 points
  • Merit gets you 60 points
  • Distinction gets you 65 points

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