Performing Arts

Summary of course

The Level 3 Technical Theatre Production has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study and employment in the performing arts sector. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

The qualification will enable students to:

  • Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within production arts or related subjects of study or work
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
  • Solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding
  • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
  • Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision- making
  • Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities

On this course, you learn by completing projects and some written assignments that are completed only while working on realistic workplace situations, to enable you to gain the experience needed to pursue a career in the production industries.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Production Arts Principles of performance
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Production skills and context
  • Performance skills and context
  • Preparation for specialist study
  • Collaborative performance project
  • Developing performance and production skills
  • Preparing for progression
  • Exploration of specialist study and context
  • Extended project

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is then awarded.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course, and requires students to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations.

Assessment activities that students may undertake include: participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing work.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in the performing arts and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in technical and design areas of theatre.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Students completing the course generally continue their studies on a range of higher education courses including HND's and Degrees at Universities and Drama schools. Course options range from sound engineering, lighting design and control, costume design, scenic construction, stage and production management, arts administration, puppetry and props.

Through the links you will make with industry professionals whilst studying the course there may be opportunities to gain employment directly with theatre companies, music venues and even film production companies, working in a backstage capacity.

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above or Level 2 Diploma in Technical Theatre Production plus GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 [D] or Functional Skills English and maths at Level 1 . You must attend the Workshop Session in the summer.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Applicants will be invited for an interview with the course leader whereby they will be given further information about the course and will complete a one on one interview.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Throughout the course you will be going on visits to various venues both locally and nationwide, further details of costs will be provided at interview. Suitable footwear/clothing for working safely will be required. Details will be provided at interview.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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