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Level 1 Drama and Theatre




Level One Drama and Theatre at Mount Aspiring College is a course designed to extend and develop students’ skills and abilities in the communication of ideas through drama, to develop their understanding of the broader context of Drama and Theatre, and to stimulate collaboration with others through the use of dramatic techniques and conventions and technologies.

Students who make a passionate commitment to this course can expect to achieve, alongside excellent results to contribute to NCEA Level 1, confidence and fluency in the performing arts that they can apply to many practical situations. The Key Competencies are part of our daily classroom process.  You will develop a sense of self through developing an understanding of the eight C’s of Drama – Creativity, confidence, communication, compassion, culture, collaboration, critical thinking and challenge. You will work largely as part of a larger ensemble (though their contributions are assessed individually), and through this, they quickly learn the vital importance of teamwork and open, clear communication.


The Drama and Theatre course at Mount Aspiring College consciously supports the school’s overall ethos of self-responsibility and moreover, we believe the course embodies the school’s motto “Enjoy Success”.  We look forward to your participation in this year’s Level 1 Drama course.


  • The course covers all four Drama Strands of the New Zealand Arts Curriculum.
  • You will study Drama techniques and apply knowledge gained to roles you will perform. 
  • You will study conventions of drama, and use dramatic processing skills to create devised performances, both for a classroom and larger audiences. 
  • One of the performances you work on during the year will be performed publicly out of school time. You will examine and then interpret for performance a historical theatre form in its context and as part of your wider learning, you will view live theatrical performances and critically analyse them. 
  • You will reflect on your own work through verbal and written forms.
  •  Underpinning these practical elements is a desire to develop your ability to devise, produce, interpret, and perform, to a wide range of people, dramatic pieces that move, challenge and thrill the audience. You will be introduced to a range of styles of drama throughout the year.
  • For students who wish to learn Performing Arts Technologies, there will be opportunities to be assessed on set and prop making, lighting, costume, sound, make-up and stage management. 
  • If appropriate dance standards may be selected by some students. 
The Department continues to work towards structuring all senior levels of Drama into a Theatre Company, "Box Theatre". This is intended to allow a greater depth and wider context of learning, maximising all performance opportunities both within the school and the wider community. It allows students to gain further knowledge and leadership in the many and varied roles of professional theatre both on and off the stage. Students ability to include the Performing Arts Technology standards into their personal learning programme will greatly increase in this structure. 


It is advisable that you have taken year 9 or 10 Drama. If you have not taken junior levels you are still welcome to take the course but it is a good idea to speak to the HOD of Drama. 


Title Credit Value Internal / External L1
1.1 (90006) Apply drama techniques in a dramatic context 4 I Y
1.2 (90997) Devise and perform a drama. 5 I Y
1.3 (90998) Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form. 4 E Y
1.4 (90999) Use features of a drama/theatre form in a performance 4 I Y
1.6 (90009 Perform an acting role in a scripted production 5 I Y



PERFORMING ARTS TECHNOLOGIES (Make-up, Costume, Lighting, Set, Sound, and Props Construction, Stage Management: 

These can complement or replace some performance drama standards if students choose. These are now managed and moderated through Skills Active.
If appropriate dance standards may be selected by students. You will need to talk to the HOD of Drama. 

You can gain the following grades in the Achievement Standards:

Not Achieved N Did not meet the required Standard.

Achieved A The Standard was met.

Merit M The Standard was met demonstrating very good work.

Excellence E The Standard was met demonstrating excellent work.


NB Any additional changes to the standards set or alternative options will be advised well in advance. For example, we may choose as a class to do one less internal assessment or some students may opt-out of one internal. A minimum of THREE internal assessments must be attempted.


The Achievement Standards offered in this course may not be resubmitted, however, a reassessment opportunity may be offered to students who do not achieve the standard on the first attempt. This opportunity will only be offered to students who have shown a reasonable initial effort and who can demonstrate that further learning has occurred since the initial assessment opportunity.


All reassessments are composed of an entirely different assessment task.


PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise stated all assessed written material MUST be handed in THE DAY BEFORE the practical performance assessment at the latest. Work submitted late for the internal assessment Standards will not be marked. You may have the opportunity to gain the credits through reassessment, if available.

If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date, then you are able to apply for an extension. However, this should occur prior to the due date, not after it.  Absence from school due to sickness is not normally regarded as an acceptable reason for the non-submission of assessed work. Alternative arrangements, electronic or otherwise should be made in this event.

Written Evidence:


There is a compulsory written statement of intention, annotated scripts and other relevant information that is required to be handed in with each achievement standard. Other recorded information is not officially graded. In order to record learning and progress students will need to set up a note google doc where they will record thoughts, learning and relevant theoretical information updating it at least once a week. Separate google docs or participation in google classroom will be required for compulsory written work that is assessed. IF preferred handwritten notes and documents can still be used for assessment.  Access to templates and internal assessment documents will be given via a class google classroom page set up at the beginning of the year. You will need to join this to submit work electronically.



  • It gives weight to the largely brief evidence of development and process in drama.

  • It can clarify the individual student’s understanding of what happened in the group process.

  • reinforces for students the importance of process in drama.

  • gives greater credibility to teacher decisions for summative assessment.

  • material can provide evidence of the authenticity of a student’s work.

  • Is particularly helpful for teachers as evidence of work over an extended period of time, as required by many of the internally assessed drama achievement standards.

  • provides students, parents and teachers with a record of the student’s development and process.


Contents may include:

  • a record of the individual's input into group decisions

  • reflections on individual responses (useful for establishing 'conviction')

  • diagrams and sketches

  • stories and ideas for scripts

  • cuttings

  • reviews

  • designs for flyers or posters

  • reviews of any shows, movies or television programmes that stand out in any way

  • research references

  • sources

  • photographs.


Completion of level one Drama enables you to progress to Level two Drama. 


$50 to cover a visit to see professional theatre.