NCEA Level 3 Drama


Students will enhance their ability to relate with a range of cultures by developing ideas; working collaboratively, directing and accepting direction. By gaining significant experience performing, students will develop strong practical knowledge and confidence in their physical and vocal communication skills. Students will observe a variety of professional theatre to gain a sound understanding of Dance and Drama in context.


Drama Techniques - research, analyse and integrate elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies in dramatic forms for specific purposes

Devising work - research, critically evaluate and refine ideas to create original drama work

Performance - analyse, rehearse and perform works in a range of dramatic forms, assuming a variety of artistic or technical responsibilities, reflect on and critically evaluate a wide range of works and performances

Research - research, analyse and critically evaluate how drama, including New Zealand drama, interprets, records, or challenges social and cultural discourse


This course is comprised of a variety of internal and external standards (listed below). Performances range in scale - with at least one evening performance (involving a technical and dress rehearsal outside of class time). A brief portfolio is collated to support the process of the performances. The examination will require students to reflect on a live performance they have seen in 2018.

Qualification gained

Full course completion – 18 credits in NCEA Drama

This subject has links with

English, History, Music, Design, Film, Choreography, Composition, Psychology, Philosophy, International relations, Advertising, Teaching, Writing and Performance industries (with technical components; lighting, sound, costume, props, set, script writing, stage management and production), Law, Theatre Studies, Directing, Playwright work, Psychology, Philosophy, Classical Studies

Entry requirements

NCEA Level 2 Drama or equivalent

NCEA Level 2 Dance would also be advantageous

A brave, positive attitude to learning is fundamental to this subject area

Next step

Tertiary studies in Drama,Theatre Studies, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, English, Education, Law, and Diplomacy

Achievement Standards

  • 90612 3.1 4 Credits Internal Interpret script to integrate drama techniques in performance
  • 91513 3.2 5 Credits Internal Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
  • 91517 3.6 5 Credits Internal Perform a substantial role in a significant production
  • 91518 3.7 4 Credits External Analyse drama processes in a new context and reflect critically on drama performance

Course contribution

Attending a live performances, script purchases, costume/prop hire/purchase $90

Comfortable mufti is essential to move freely in this class - Active wear/thermals and gym shoes/canvas/jazz shoes are necessary course equipment.

A visual diary, a computer and a memory stick are useful tools in this learning environment.