National 5

Course Content:

The National 5 Drama course consists of two units – Drama Skills and Production Skills, followed by the final performance and written exam.

Drama Skills Unit:

This unit will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to create and present drama through the use of a range of drama skills. Learners will respond to stimuli, including text, to generate ideas and use a range of drama skills to portray character. Learners will explore the social and cultural influences on drama. They will learn how to analyse and evaluate their use of drama skills and the drama skills of others Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Use a range of drama skills
  • Contribute to the drama process.

Production Skills Unit:

This Unit will provide learners with knowledge and understanding of a range of production skills. They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting. Learners will work with others to develop a performance concept as an actor or in a production role. They will learn how to evaluate their own work and that of other learners. Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Analyse a range of production skills in drama
  • Apply a range of production skills in drama

Final Performance:

The pupils choose a specialism and work to present a piece from a published script supported with a folio. They must perform their extract to an invited audience.
The performance is worth 60 marks out of the total of 100 marks for National 5, or 60% of the Course assessment.
This performance has two Sections:

  • Section 1: The practical performance to an audience (50 marks)
  • Section 2: the preparation for performance essay (10 marks)

Written exam:

The written exam lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This paper is worth 40 marks, or 40% of the Course assessment.

The written exam has two sections:
Section 1: This will be based on the acting or production role in your final performance exam. (10 marks)
Section 2: You will choose from the stimuli provided in the paper, it may be a picture, poem, line of text or statement and the questions will be about creating a drama from the stimulus you choose. (30 marks)

  The Course will be graded A–D.