National 4 & 5 Drama

The Course provides opportunities for learners to be inspired and challenged by exploring dramatic ideas in creating and appreciating drama. It is practical and focuses on the development of performance skills, using theatre arts and technologies to create drama.


Both National 4 and 5 Drama courses are made up of two common mandatory units. These are:

  • Drama Skills – This Unit helps learners explore and develop dramatic techniques and ways of communicating ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to text, stimulus and context. They will also learn how to interpret role and character.
  • Drama: Production Skills – This Unit helps learners to investigate theatre arts, production and technologies and learn how to apply problem solving skills in order to create and design basic production concepts. They will create and present drama and learn how to appreciate stage and performance styles, considering social and cultural influences.

The National 4 Added Value Unit requires learners to prepare for, participate in and reflect on a small-scale drama performance in a chosen role.


National 4: Learners must pass all of the required units, including the Added Value Unit. All units are internally assessed. They will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

National 5: Learners must pass all of the required units. In addition there is an external exam paper worth 60% and a practical performance worth 40% of the overall marks.


Homework activities will last between 30 and 60 minutes each week.

Skills useful to the course

Learners should have skills which will help to:

  • develop creativity and a range of skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
  • communicate thoughts, meaning and ideas when creating drama and using a range of theatre arts, production skills and technologies
  • develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of drama practice
  • consider social and cultural influences

Value of the course

Drama will not only help pupils to develop a whole range of theatre skills but will also allow for the development of discussion skills, investigation and confidence which will hopefully lead to a rewarding career in areas such as teaching, human resources, public relations, performance arts, youth and community work, broadcasting and presenting, events management etc. Drama enriches the lives of pupils by contributing to their personal and social growth.