Drama Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Matua A. Paora-Quirk

Recommended Prior Learning

Drama in Year 10 is ideal, but if you are willing to participate fully and have great attendance then we will usually accept you. 

Drama Level 1

Drama is a practical subject, which means students learn by doing. It will allow students to build confidence in themselves, develop time management skills, improve their performance skills and learn personal and interpersonal skills such as cooperation, communication, self-discipline and creative thinking. We create a safe and fun environment to explore concepts in our society, in world history and in our own thinking. Students who have a career interest in lighting, sound, costume or stage makeup should look at the Theatre Staging and Media course.

Course Overview

Term 1
Study of Drama Techniques, including use of voice, body, movement and space.
The student will use these in a performance for assessment.

Term 2
Study of Theatre Form.
A Shakespearean play is studied and then scenes are performed.

Term 3
Devising Drama.
Students will collaborate to devise an original performance.

Term 4
Term 4 will be an opportunity to catch up on internal assessments and assist with Level 2 or 3 performances.
For those who have chosen to do the external assessment, term 4 is for preparation for the external.

Learning Areas:



Drama Level 2

This is a very practical acting course that can lead to the obvious careers of acting, script writing and directing in theatre and film. But, drama skills are effective tools in careers such as law, management, teaching, music performance and any leadership role.

Career Pathways

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Lighting Technician, Actor, Artistic Director, Dancer, Entertainer, Model, Private Teacher/Tutor, Television Presenter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students must have ‘Performance Blacks’ – black t-shirt and pants to be worn for assessment pieces.

There may be a trip to see live theatre. We keep the cost down as much as possible.

Assessment Information There are 4 internal assessments for a total of 17 credits. There is the option to do an external assessment for a further 4 credits.
Pathway Tags

Production Manager, Event Co-ordinator, Human Resources, Promoter, Theatre Producer / Assistant, Lighting Technician, Communications, Broadcasting, Media, Teacher, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Cinema Projectionist, Dancer, Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Entertainer, Film and Video Editor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Light Technician, Media Producer, Musician, Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Radio Presenter, Sound Technician, Television Presenter, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher/Tutor, Tertiary Lecturer, Diversional Therapist


Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.