The study of Drama can be exciting, rewarding and challenging where learners are encouraged to develop a variety of transferable skills which are increasingly desired in today’s job market. Building on the skills developed in S1, pupils will use a variety of drama, theatre and production skills to explore a range of issues, topics and themes.
The S3 drama course is an ideal subject for pupils who enjoy working with others. In Drama, pupils get the opportunity to create their own plays, create and perform a variety of characters and explore the use of theatre arts in the presentation of their dramas. They will have the opportunity to perform in front of other pupils. Learners will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. Learners will also develop critical thinking skills as they investigate, develop and apply a range of drama skills.
Pupils will be normally working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. The course prepares pupils for qualifications in Drama at National 4 or National 5 from S4 onwards.
Through Drama you will have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration, excitement and enjoyment. Pupils should be aware that a high level of commitment and good attendance will be required to get the best results. The ability to meet deadlines and keep up with homework tasks is essential for success and progression in Drama.
Assessment in S3 is continuous and based on written work and on teacher observation of the pupils’ responses to the following:
Creating: through drama, pupils will develop ideas in response to stimuli, use drama techniques to communicate ideas and use drama skills to create and adopt character. They will experience the creating of characters both from their own imagination and from studying published scripts.
Presenting: pupils will use drama skills to create and present their ideas while working with others. They will learn to reflect on their own work and progress and that of others.
All pupils are expected to perform to a live audience within the classroom on a regular basis.
Knowledge and Understanding: pupils will be expected to evaluate their own work as well as the work of others. They will be encouraged, as stated in national guidelines, to make “informed judgements and express considered opinions” both through end-of performance discussion and through homework tasks. They will complete homework tasks which will test and consolidate their understanding of the drama process.
Depending on all of the above, pupils should be able to progress to presentation at National 3, 4 or 5 levels in S4 and beyond. Thereafter, Higher and Advanced Higher are possibilities.
All employers look for employees who can show initiative, think on their feet, collaborate with others and solve problems as well as employees who are confident and can communicate well with those around them. Drama is a useful subject for careers involving working with people, education, sales, theatre, law and the media.