NCEA Level 1 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Gowdy

The Year 11 course enhances individual confidence, communication and organisational skills, time management and people management skills, through exploring aspects of drama including:

  • The study of devised drama in a Taupo context, New Zealand theatre form and the practical application of the Victorian melodrama theatre form
  • The study and application of dramatic techniques, elements and conventions
  • Public performance in the Year 11 assessment evening
  • Drama Camp (prior to the public performance)

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student, or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Final week - performance assessment for AS90997 - Devise and perform a drama (5 credits)

Term 2
Week 1 - (optional week for assessing AS90997)

The rest of the term will be spent RESEARCHING and PREPARING for:
* AS90009 - Perform a role in a scripted production (5 credits) ... Public performance of an extract from a NZ play
* AS91000 - Demonstrate understanding of a significant play (4 credits) ... PowerPoint presentation demonstrating understanding of the play they will be performing in next term (assessed at the end of term 2 or following the performance in term 3)

Term 3
First weekend of Term 3 - Friday night, Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm = DRAMA CAMP
Week 2 - Monday night - assess the public performance assessment for AS90009 - Perform a role in a scripted production (5 credits)

Week 8/10 - performance assessment of AS90999 - Use features of a drama/theatre form in performance (4 credits) .... MELODRAMA

Final week of term - Derived grade week (2 externals - 1.3 & 1.7)

Term 4
Preparation for externals:
* 1.3 - AS90998 - Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form (4 credits)
* 1.7 - AS90011 - Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance (4 credits)

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferable students took this subject in Year 10, and must have teacher recommendation.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended students pay $15, which covers the cost of transcript workbook.
Students will attend all visiting professional performances as well as travel to one public performance at a theatre. Some extra cost may be involved for travel.
Some obligatory rehearsal time will need to take place outside of school hours (for standard 90009) in the fortnight leading up to public performance.
1B5 exercise book.
A laptop or similar device is recommended.


Among many other things, students will learn to PERFORM under PRESSURE, work IN A GROUP to achieve practical goals and SUPPORT OTHERS in the group to achieve at the same time.
Students learn to OBSERVE and ANALYZE people and the world around them in order to learn from their stories.
Drama creation operates in the HIGHER THINKING ORDER SKILL LEVELS (Blooms Taxonomy) and students are required to learn CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING and TIME MANAGEMENT skills in every lesson

Career Pathways


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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