Drama NCEA Level 3



This is an "approved subject" for University Entrance. Standards marked (R) may be counted towards the Reading credits for Literacy. Standards marked (W) may be counted towards the Writing credits for Literacy.


Successful completion of Year 12 Drama NCEA Level 2, or previous drama experience with permission from the Faculty Head.

Course Description:

The course develops academic and practical knowledge of drama and theatre. It gives students the opportunity to develop significant interpersonal skills including collaboration, communication, creativity and confidence, valuable in any careers students choose to follow. Students will study selected texts, devise and perform both individually and with a group. Part of the homework associated with drama will be group rehearsal outside of school time. Some assessments will be held after school at a public performance. Several theatre trips will be organised throughout the year. Students will be required to see at least one live performance as preparation for the external examination. Students will be assessed on 4 of the following 7 standards based on their strengths:

Achievement Standards:

391514Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period4ExternalCompulsory
391519(W)Demonstrate understanding of a live performance4ExternalCompulsory
391512(R)Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance4InternalCompulsory
391513Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept5InternalCompulsory
391515(R)Drama 3.4 - Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period4InternalCompulsory
391517(R)Drama 3.6 - Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production5InternalCompulsory

Assessment Summary: