L1DRA - Level 1 Drama and Performing Arts




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

At Level 1 students can choose to attempt all Drama standards OR make a course up of Drama standards, Performing Arts Technology standards and Dance Standards.

Students of Drama and Performing Arts leave school ready to offer the workforce competent and effective skills in all forms of communication. They are problem solvers and able to find solutions thinking on their feet. They are adaptable and not afraid to risk and fail as it is in the very failures they have experienced in the process of their learning, that new and exciting ideas have generated. They are able to work effectively in group and collaborative contexts understanding how to maximise their own skills alongside the skills of others making all work stronger. They are able to read people and situations with insight and adapt their responses according to the needs of what is immediately at hand. They are also able to be accountable as individuals understanding through experience the effort and discipline required to achieve work that has an impact in the world.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? (typical learning in a Drama standard only course selection)

    • 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 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 works under the umbrella of BOX THEATRE COMPANY. This allows a greater depth and wider context of learning, maximising all performance opportunities both within the school and the wider community. It also provides opportunities for students to gain further knowledge and leadership in the many and varied roles of professional theatre both on and off the stage. Students can also study all behind the scenes areas in the specific entertainment technologies course offered ats a stand alone course.


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 as it can cater for those with little experience.




These can complement or replace some performance drama standards if students choose. These are now managed and moderated through a separate body to ensure alignment with industry expectations. These can be found here

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. NB - any student can choose to submit their support documents orally recorded to audio or visual files.


Completion of level one Drama enables you to progress to Level 2 Drama.


For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.