Drama Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. Leathem

The Level Three course is designed to further the concepts taught in both Level One and Two, whilst providing further development of the performance skills associated with Drama. Further skills are taught around Dram

a conventions, elements and techniques and how they are used in performance. Topics covered are; Greek Tragedy, New Zealand Drama and Devising.
Drama is for the students of today who will be the adults of tomorrow – adults with an appreciation of who they are in relation to others, where they come from, and what kind of world they would like to live in.

Students are required to visit the theatre to watch a range of performances to assist in the external examination.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS91512 3.1 "Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance." - 4 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to perform an extract from a play. You will do this either as a monologue or as part of a group (2-4 people). Your performance should be between 3-5 minutes long, depending upon the number of people in your group.
You will also submit a statement of intention and an annotated script to support your interpretation and integration of techniques.
You will be assessed individually on your ability to perform your scene by integrating drama techniques effectively to:
• portray one or multiple characters
• communicate an interpretation that is consistent with the themes and ideas of the whole play.

Term 2
AS91513 3.2 "Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept." - 5 credits - Internal

In this assessment activity, you will devise and perform a drama based on your exploration of a local historical disaster or event. This drama may be presented as a monologue or a group performance (2-4 people).
You will be assessed individually whether you work alone or as part of a group. You will be judged on the effectiveness with which you realise your concept through your devised drama.
To produce your drama you will need to:
• visit your local museum to collect stories and ideas about a local disaster or event and those involved in or affected by it
• use your exploration of the disaster or event to determine a concept that you wish to explore dramatically
• work through a devising process to structure an original drama
• formalise your devised drama into a devised drama outline, which may or may not include dialogue
• rehearse and perform your drama.
Your performance should be between 3-12 minutes long, depending upon the number of people in the group.
You will submit a statement of intention that outlines the ideas and stylistic choices you have combined to communicate your chosen concept and a copy of your devised drama outline, including stage directions

Term 3
AS91519 3.8 "Script a drama suitable for live performance." - 5 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to write an original script based on a range of themes that are current at that point in time, suitable for live performance. Your script will be based on research.
You will be assessed on your ability to write a drama that is convincing, captures the spirit and meaning of the topic, and has impact and originality. Although you will produce a rehearsed, enacted reading of the script, it is the script itself that will be assessed.

Term 4
AS91518 3.7 "Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance." - 4 credits - External

This external assessment activity requires you to demonstrate an understanding of live drama in a performance. You will be asked to comment on the following; Drama Techniques, Drama Elements, Technologies and Drama Conventions based on a performance you have seen this year as part of a class trip. You need to demonstrate a perceptive understanding which involves making insightful connections between the drama components, the director’s and/or designer’s concept, the wider context and the effect of the resulting performance for the audience.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, it is recommended that you would have achieved the following:
15 Credits Level 2 Drama
12 Credits Level 2 English

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91512 v2 Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance
4r *
A.S. 91513 v2 Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
A.S. 91518 v3 Drama 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance
4w *
A.S. 91519 v2 Drama 3.8 - Script a drama suitable for live performance
5w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.

Pathway Tags

Model, Private Teacher/Tutor, Entertainer, Television Presenter, Film/Television Camera Operator, Make-up Artist, Actor, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Author, Dancer