The Drama Team

Ms K Davidson, Faculty Head Expressive Arts

Ms C Pendleton, Teacher of Drama

Mr Matthew Smith, Teacher of Drama


Courses we offer:

National 4


This course consists of two mandatory units and an added value unit.

Drama Skills:  Working from a range of stimuli, students will be involved in workshopping and exploring a set of themes from which they will devise and present Drama using various techniques and conventions.  Essentially a practical unit, activities will include working in movement and language workshops to collectively create and present dramas in various forms.

Production Skills:  Working through a set of short extracts, students will be learning how to work various theatre production skills like lighting design, sound design, costume and make-up as well as learning how to apply these to a working production situation.  Students will also be given the opportunity to act in small extracts which will lead to informal presentation.

Added Value:  This unit is mandatory and allows students to take part in the creation and performance of a small scale theatre production.


Assessment will be internal via Teacher Observation, Ongoing Logs, Ongoing Evaluation, Performance video and checklist.


Research, Line learning, Folio work, Design Tasks, Script annotation, Character and text profiles


Careers in Theatre, Television, Radio, related Media and related Creative industries as well as any careers with a public interface.


National 5


This exciting course consists of Two units of Study.

Drama Skills:  Students will be asked to respond to a range of stimuli and to create drama through using a raft of dramatic techniques.  Students will be encouraged to work in differing genres and forms.  Character and textual analysis will form part of the study as well as exploring the cultural impact which Drama has on our society.  Practical workshopping and exploration will form a large part of the work of this unit as students move forward to create their dramatic statement for performance.

Production Skills:  Students will take part as actors and Production area operators in the mounting of small scale Theatre production.  Working from a practical page to stage format they will learn hands on, through how a production is structured and created as well as taking part in performance to an audience and examiner.  Students will be involved in acting as well as exploring a range of Theatre Arts, such as make-up, costume, Lighting and sound in a practical production setting.


Assessment is achieved through Teacher Observation, the use of ongoing Production Logs, Externally set Question paper and externally examined Production.


Research, Line learning, Design tasks, Character/textual analysis, ongoing Folio tasks will form part of the homework for this course as well as a commitment to rehearsal.




National 5 Drama – grades A-C

National 5 English – grade A-B

Proven relevant experience in Drama


This course consists of 2 units.

Drama Skills: in this Unit, learners will explore and develop complex drama skills and ways of communicating thoughts and ideas to an audience.  They will learn how to respond to text, including stimuli.  They will also learn how to develop character in a range of ways and develop understanding of form, structure, genre and style when creating and presenting drama.  Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural influences on drama.  They will also learn how to evaluate their own progress and that of other learners.

Production Skills: in this unit, learners will develop complex production skills.  They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting.  Learners will use problem-solving skills in order to generate ideas for presenting drama.


Learners will draw on, extend and apply the skills they have learned during the Course.  This will be assessed through performance and a question paper.  The performance will involve performing two extracts from studied texts.  The question paper will require demonstration of a depth of knowledge and understanding from the Course and an analysis of a live theatre performance.


Ongoing homework will consist of Research, Script development, Line learning, Log books, Folios and sample essays.  A commitment to rehearsal time is also expected.