Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to create and perform your own drama and play texts to a range of audiences, as well experiencing live performances. With a wide range of roles to choose from and an emphasis on collaborative teamwork, S3 Drama gives pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of forms, purposes, and genres to discover their strengths, allowing them to become well-rounded individuals and giving them a strong grounding for the world of work.


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This course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development by providing you with a broad range of skills which incorporates practical experience of understanding, creating, and performing drama. It also allows you to develop and extend your interest in theatre and acquire more specialist skills in areas of interest to you such as acting, lighting, sound, set, props, costume, or make up

Drama courses incorporate active learning to engage pupils through activities such as creating, presenting, and understanding drama. Core teamwork tasks in addition to independent work suit all styles of learning and prepare students for the world of work. 


This style of active learning is also very popular with students and most enjoy, and look forward to, going to their classes. 


Taking drama will give you the opportunity to explore all areas of theatre production including acting, technical, and design roles as well as theatre visits to expand your experience of live performance.


In S3 drama there is:


  • Greater opportunity to explore character creation and development.

  • Advancing of skills in theatre technology

  • Understanding and development of theatrical design skills

  • Explorations of theatre forms, genres, and cultural sources

  • Ability to devise drama from stimulus by making in depth creative decisions

  • A strengthening of acting and performance skills and confidence

  • Greater independence and ownership of roles and decision making

  • Capacity to grow skills in teamwork and leadership

  • Greater understanding and use of the terminology of drama

  • Development of the capacity to evaluate your own and others' contribution to performance


Everything you need to know before selecting this course


Homework could be in any of the following forms: 

  •  Plans, designs or script writing for drama you have   created

  •  Research into theatre and production roles

  •  Line learning from scripts for performances

  •  Evaluation of projects and performances

How you will be assessed

Your work may be assessed in many different ways e.g. -

  • Performance of piece of drama by yourself, peers and teacher

  • Creation of drama via written plans and ideas in response to a stimulus

  • Your understanding of drama and theatre through quizzes and questions

  • Your application of skills in carrying out a specific role.


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

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.


S4 and beyond

The course in S3 will cover Level 3 and 4 drama concepts  through performing. You will also begin to look at National 4/5 work in preparation for further study in S4. The courses available in S4 are National 4 or National 5 Drama and National 4 or 5 Media.

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