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Technical Theatre Diploma level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Technical Theatre Diploma level 3
Code C0169
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Giving you a head start in the industry this course covers all the behind-the-scenes roles involved in backstage technical theatre and concert production. You will help run internal and external shows at our professional city-centre venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre, learning on the job to gain the skills you need to get work in this booming market. Our two year course starts by studying the Diploma in the first year before progressing into year two to complete the Extended Diploma. You must pass year one to progress to year two. The Extended Diploma carries UCAS points and universities recognise the qualification as a method of progressing to relevant degree courses. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.


Over the two years, you will cover aspects of stage management, lighting, sound, props and set making and you will learn the importance of how these areas work together. You will also look at production arts planning; the context of performance; health and safety; and working for yourself in the industry. The structure of the course means the first year is when more of the operator and technician roles are learnt and completed, before progressing onto more senior production roles in year two. Year two is more in-depth, and it introduces you to the more senior roles in stage production. You learn and develop the roles of lighting designer, sound designer and deputy stage manager and stage manager, again working on college and external productions to demonstrate learning.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is completed through coursework over the two years. This course is highly practical, with an emphasis on doing and reflecting, often in a working blog format. Other assessment methods include presentations, sound and lighting design, plots, and reports. All areas of the course contribute to your final grade, however, there is opportunities to focus on particular areas of specialism too.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course requires five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English (essential) and maths (desirable). You will be required to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate a 90% attendance rate from your last place of work or study. You will be invited to attend a welcome event where you will participate in an audition to show you have a suitable level of experience or interest in the production arts, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

Your next steps...

On completion of the two-year extended diploma, you may decide to study for a foundation or undergraduate degree in an area related to technical theatre. The Extended Diploma will award you with UCAS points which you may use to apply to our Higher Education provision or other universities across the UK. In terms of industry roles, if you are successful on the course you may go onto work in sound design and operation; lighting design and operation; stage management; set design; and building in theatres or concert venues.



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