MEDIA

SCQF LEVEL 5 - NATIONAL 5

QUALIFICATION

National 4 Media

DURATION

1 Year full time/

5 periods per week

COURSEWORK

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EXAM

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COST

None

TEACHERS

Mr Paterson

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

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wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

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KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Studying Drama in S3 would be beneficial however  some  candidates would be capable of achieving National 4 Drama without studying Drama in S3 - please speak to the Principal Teacher of Performing Arts if this is the case. 

what will you get?

National 4 in Drama

The course is graded  

Pass/Fail

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

Some typical careers that you might immediately think of include actor, dancer, presenter, director or a theatre technician in sound or lighting as well as stage manager and in film and television production, an area that is expanding in Scotland. Make -up artists, costume and production designers in theatre, film and T.V. but there are a whole range of jobs in the creative industries at entry level such assistants in wardrobe, production, direction, camera and sound as well as sound engineer, rigger, playworkers and stagehand.

 

There are a whole range of careers in related fields such as drama therapist, psychotherapist, drama teacher, events management, journalist, advertising copyrighter, writer, HR manger and especially lawyer.

 

However, most careers that involve working with others even if not directly linked to performing arts benefit from a grounding in drama allowing young people to become more rounded individuals, strong assets to a team with strengths in dealing with people and being creative problem solvers.

 

Primary teacher, doctor, nurse, dentist, orthodontist, beautician, sales, vet, nursery nurse, receptionist, restaurant manager, IT Analyst, librarian, local government project officer, project manager, trainer, finance, management positions and college/university lecturer are only some examples. 

 

Skills developed through drama: 

 

Problem Solving:  working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic, creative ideas in response to stimuli, structure and staging solutions, conducting focused research and using technology creatively.

Leadership: continual opportunities for taking leadership in teams and projects, building confidence in presentation, directing others, organisational skills. All drama courses require you to complete coursework which demands you take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies. 

Teamwork: creating and performing in a group, planning with others, understanding roles and relationships, goal setting and negotiation.

Communication: performing in a group, presenting to an audience, creating mood and atmosphere, interaction with others, using clear and concise and technical language to effectively express your thoughts and ideas when analysing theatre and in planning and reviewing your drama.

 

Other: design and graphic skills, spatial awareness, vocal, movement and memory skills.

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

STUDENT STORIES

Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

HOLLY - S5

I enjoyed N5 Music and an A pass has enabled me to go on and study Higher Music. The A pass has boosted my confidence. I am now a more competent performer both in class and in the music groups I participate in.  

Top advice: Always ask for help if needed as support is always there.  

SARAH - S6

(ADV H candidate, going to university to study Maths and Music.)

Studying music and participating in extra-curricular activities has helped me maintain good mental health by managing stress levels and balancing out my other maths-based subjects. 

HANNAH - S6

(Hannah S6 ADV H candidate having applied to study veterinary medicine)

Universities are looking for well-rounded balanced individuals so a qualification in music is vital to demonstrate a more diverse set of skills.  

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