Ms J Rae
Ms L Cameron
Here at QCHS, all the pupils in first and second year participate in Drama classes. They enjoy wonderful resources including a fully equipped drama studio with stage lights, a sound system and a store complete with costumes and props. These resources help to bring the creative ideas that student have to life.
An introduction to Drama in first and second year enables student to make an informed choice about pursuing the subject further. In the department, we value the process of Drama and all it brings to the personal development of the individual. There are many rewards for both pupils and staff who come together to engage in this process and all its possibilities.
Standard Grade Drama is an exciting two year course which includes a wide range of activities which will provide students with a stimulating, varied and satisfying period of study. Students will learn to work with others in a positive way; to explore relationships through language, movement and theatre activities; explore their own and others opinions, attitudes and values; increase and develop their interest, awareness and understanding of drama, theatre and other arts media as well as developing their practical and creative skills. Standard Grade Drama candidates are continually assessed for their 'Creating' and 'Presenting' grades, which are both practical elements of the course. There is also a written exam, which will provide the 'Knowledge and Understanding' grade. Throughout the course, students do evaluations of their own practical work and the work of others. Theatre trips are organised regularly to enable the students to evaluate live professional theatre.
Higher level Drama consists of three units: Investigative Drama; The Study of a Text and its Theatrical Context and Contemporary Scottish Theatre. The first unit involves devising, performing and evaluating a presentation on a chosen issue, topic or theme. In the second unit, students will explore a play from the perspective of a director and of an actor in preparation for a performance. By the end of the unit students will be able to demonstrate awareness of the historical, social and theatrical context of a play, make a detailed exploration of how a play could be communicated through performance and perform an acting role from the prescribed text. During the third unit, Contemporary Scottish Theatre, students will explore three or more contemporary Scottish plays. They will study two or more of the following specified trends and issues: Social, Political and Religious Dimensions; Use of History, Nostalgia and Popular Tradition; Issues of Gender; Current Productions and Issues. They will also perform an acting role from a Scottish contemporary play. All aspects of Higher Drama assessment is through extended response and performance with external written and practical acting examinations.
Above, you will find completed examples of the sheets you should have in your folio for your National 4/5 drama course. Your teacher will advise you of what sheets you specifically need, and it is your responsibility, with support from your teacher, to keep your folio up to date and complete. Use these sheets to refer to when completing your own work.