NCEA Course Booklet


Year 13

Prerequisites Successful completion of the Year 12 course, or significant experience in co-curricular Drama. Description Year 13 Drama is based on the Level 8 national curriculum course. It builds on the aims and skills of the Year 12 course. Boys continue with personal and interpersonal experimentation, development and learning through, and about, drama. Students will contribute to plays and write about what they did. They will see other plays and write about what they saw. They will research, analyse and create particular theatre traditions, styles and technologies. Year 13 Drama requires a significant commitment to gaining understanding of theory and practice through research and independent study. Boys studying for the NZQA Scholarship Drama will be working toward using wide knowledge, experience and critical analysis of drama processes, texts and theories, to perform and justify challenging and creative drama works. We have a very proud history of success in Scholarship Drama. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 4 of the 17 compulsory credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 13 credits internally assessed. Students can then select an additional internal or external worth 4 or 5 credits. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91512 (4 credits – internal) Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance.

• AS 91513 (5 credits – internal) Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept. • AS 91515 (4 credits – internal) Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period. • AS 91518 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance. Students will also select ONE of the following Achievement Standards, based on strengths and interests: • AS 91514 (4 credits – external) Interpret a prescribed text to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period. • AS 91516 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of the work of a drama or theatre theorist or practitioner. • AS 91517 (5 credits – internal) Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production. • AS 91519 (5 credits – internal) Script a scene suitable for live performance.

• AS 91520 (5 credits – internal) Direct a drama performance. Written records are very important in these assessments.

There is an expectation that Drama students will contribute toward out-of-class productions in their senior years – for example, Theatresports, House Plays, senior production or the Shakespeare Festival.

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