Drama - National Qualifications
St. Margaret’s  High School

National 4 Drama: 
 
The National 4 course is designed to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills in creating and presenting drama. This course focuses on development of drama skills and on using production skills to enhance their work. Voice, movement and characterisation will be a focus for their performance skills. They will further develop their ability to devise, script-write and direct drama presentations. The pupils will gain practical experience of using technology and Theatre Arts (Production Skills). All units will combine both practical and theoretical elements of the new qualifications. 
 
The course is made up of three units.
 
Unit 1: Drama Skills - This will help the learners develop the skills and knowledge required to create and present effective drama performances, as part of a group. Learners will respond to stimuli, generate ideas and use performance skills to portray a character. They will learn to evaluate their own progress and that of others.
 
Unit 2: Production Skills - This will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of all the production roles in Theatre: acting, lighting, sound, costume, props, make-up and set design. The pupils will gain practical experience of using technology and Theatre Arts. Pupils will select two production roles to contribute towards a scripted drama.
 
Units 1 and 2 will combine both practical and theoretical elements of the new qualifications. 
 
Unit 3: Added Value Unit – (Participation in a final drama presentation)
 
Course assessment is based on the pupil’s successful completion of; personal research and folio work, unit booklet tasks, the ability to adopt performance and production roles within a drama presentation, and self-evaluation.
 
In order to achieve a National 4 award, pupils must successfully complete all three units.
 

 
National 5:  Drama Course
 
The National 5 course is designed to provide opportunities for learners to further develop their skills in creating and presenting drama. The course is divided into three Units. This course focuses on development of drama skills and on using production skills to enhance their work. Voice, movement and characterisation will be a focus for their performance skills. They will further develop their ability to devise, script-write and direct drama presentations. The pupils will gain practical experience of using technology and Theatre Arts (Production Skills). All units will combine both practical and theoretical elements of the new qualifications. 
 
  
The course is made up of three units.
 
Unit 1: Drama Skills
This will help the learners develop the skills and knowledge required to create and present effective drama performances, as part of a group. Learners will respond to stimuli, generate ideas and use performance skills to portray a character. They will learn to evaluate their own progress and that of others.
 
Unit 2: Production
Will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of all the production roles in Theatre: lighting, sound, costume, props, make-up and set design. The pupils will gain practical experience of using technology and Theatre Arts. Pupils will select two production roles to contribute towards a scripted drama.
 
Units 1 and 2, will combine both practical and theoretical elements of the new qualifications. 
 
Unit 3: Added Value Unit
In the National 5 Drama Course, added value will focus on:
· challenge
· application

In the National 5 course, the pupils will participate in a final drama performance in either an acting or Theatre production role. The performance will require candidates to respond to text, develop a character or creatively use a range of acting or production skills in an externally examined presentation. The presentation has two sections, a performance and a support log. This constitutes 60% of the final award.
 
National 5 candidates will also sit an externally marked exam paper worth 40 marks.
 
Other course assessment will be based on the pupil’s successful completion of; personal research and folio work, unit booklet tasks, the ability to adopt performance and production roles within a drama presentation, and self-evaluation.
 
In order to achieve a National 5 award, pupils must successfully complete all three units.


 
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