National 4 Drama

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the following Unit Specifications and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.

Added Value Unit Assessment

The Drama Added Value Unit assessment is a performance. While describing what candidates must do, the published assessment offers considerable flexibility in the choice of a context for the assessment.

In the assessment, candidates realise ideas generated in response to stimuli by selecting ideas, taking account of social and cultural influences on drama, and using skills, knowledge and understanding to contribute effectively towards a small-scale drama performance.

Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

Please note the Support Notes were published before Drama Skills with a Scottish Context was added as an optional unit to the course. If you choose to deliver Drama Skills with a Scottish Context follow the guidance for Drama Skills.

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.


Verification and Course reports

Drama: Quality Assurance - external verification

Understanding Standards

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Examples of candidate evidence and commentaries for unit assessment can be found on the SQA Secure Site. You can access these through your SQA Coordinator.

Audio Presentation

  • Overview of course assessment (2.94 MB)

    Please note the presentation was published before Drama Skills with a Scottish Context was added as an optional unit to the course.

Changes to Understanding Standards materials

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date.