Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the principles and practices of teaching and learning in senior Drama in New South Wales schools. Students will explore planning, programming and assessment for Stage 6 Drama; course and assessment requirements for the NSW Higher School Certificate for Drama; and current issues and trends affecting contemporary Drama education in schools. Informed by local and national curriculum documents and current Stage 6 Drama Prescriptions, this course will address core skills and understandings in Drama such as the elements of drama, improvisation, playbuilding, acting and elements of production in performance as well as theatre traditions and practice within Australia and broader contexts.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop lesson plans, programs, and assessment tasks for Stage 6 Drama, based on the principles of experiential drama learning

2. Select and utilise suitable resources and technologies to deepen the Drama learning experience and engagement of students in the learning process

3. Interpret and apply the course and assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate in Drama

4. understand and analyse key performance styles and theatrical traditions and their creative processes through practical modes of learning and the application of suitable methodologies

5. engage with current debates, theories and curriculum issues in the broader field of Drama education


  • Contexts and connections – Stage 6 Drama Curriculum in NSW
  • Core practices and content in NSW Stage 6 Drama
  • Pedagogy into practice - planning for drama learning experiences in Stage 6
  • Assessment, reporting and examination in Stage 6 Drama
  • Teacher responsibilities in Stage 6 Drama
  • Teaching the Year 11 & 12 Content Areas
  • HSC examinations in Drama - teaching issues and requirements


Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assessment items

Project: Playbuilding task: Evaluation and planning

Proposal / Plan: Unit of work

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Integrated Learning will typically consist of a series of online activities.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.