Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 1 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Olliver.

Recommended Prior Learning

Having completed Y10 Drama would be an advantage.

NCEA Level 1

The aims of this course are for students to develop communication skills, self-confidence, creativity and team-building through a wide range of performance forms and styles. The students will be involved in creating improvised, devised and scripted drama for performance to a range of different audiences.

Students will participate in creative strategies to create a  Drama  which will incorporate the use of theatre technologies. which will be shared with family and friends. 

 The students will also look at the beginning of modern theater with a focus on Greek Tragedy conventions. Which they will use to devise a performance set in a modern context.

They will take part in the live performance of a comedy play, where parents and friends are able to support them as members of the audience.

The students will develop an awareness of themselves as well as how they fit into New Zealand and the global community.

Course Overview

Term 1
Students will be encourage to embrace whanaungatanga as a way to guide their collaborative work, so it can be directly applied to the use of creative strategies. Whanaungatanga explores relationships, kinship and a sense of belonging. Creative strategies are practices and processes that include communication between creators and performers. Where ideas can be safely voiced and negotiated. in order to achieve a shared vision. This will be done through the use of New Zealand Scripts and common issues facing teenagers in Aotearoa.

Term 2
Students will work toward an embodiment of a scripted role using Drama techniques. This will be a modern American play that will be performed to friends and whānau.

Term 3
Students will be examining theatre in a global way by looking in detail at the birth of Modern theatre. They will explore the features of Greek Tragedy and apply them to a modern, political issue relevant to Aotearoa .

Term 4
Students will explore the meaning/making process of Drama by Highlighting the reciprocal relationships between performer and audience. They will be able to recognise the key messages or themes of a performance and describe how the performance affected them on a personal level. This process will start in term one and continue throughout the year. Students will make choices on how to present their thoughts affectively culminating in the development of their portfolio.

Learning Areas:

Creative Arts


NCEA Level 2 Drama

Career Pathways

Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Office Administrator, Receptionist, Air Force Aviator, Air Force Officer, Anaesthetic Technician, Police Officer, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Barrister, Sound Technician, Author, Automotive Technician, Microbiologist, Dancer, Electrical Engineer, Entertainer, Film/Television Camera Operator, Emergency Management Officer, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Make-up Artist, Judge, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Navy Officer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Real Estate Agent, Television Presenter, Intelligence Officer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$20 for live theatre viewing required for the external examination