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Title: Technical Theatre

Pathway: Performing Arts

Available Study Options:
Full Time Print

Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Award & Diploma in Music, Performing and Production Arts (Technical Theatre Pathway) - Level 1 (One year)

Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Technical Theatre Pathway) - Level 2 (1 Year)

Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Technical Theatre Pathway) - Level 3 (2 Years)

Technical Theatre has a proven track record for delivering high quality and innovative projects. Programmes of study cover Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre & Technical Theatre.

Whether you want to be behind a camera or on stage or backstage, we can provide you with professional, up-to-date training to help you on your way.

Our facilities are second to none, with our very own fully equipped Grange Theatre plus three specialist Dance, Drama and rehearsal studios. Our Technical Theatre students work in our Theatre and our sound recording studios to give a broad and comprehensive training.

Level 3 Units Year 1:

Principles of Performance management

Engaging with an Audience

Introduction to Professional Practice

Critical & Contextual Awareness

Production Skills & Practice

Performance Skills & Practice

Preparation for Specialist Study

Collaborative Performance Project

Level 3 Units Year 2:

Developing Performance & Production Skills

Preparing for Progression

Exploration of Specialist Study

Extended Project

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience in your industry and that you complete a work placement. We can support you with this and have a team dedicated to contacting employers. We invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks. We also have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes you may choose to progress to. Our work experience also takes place during our productions, and touring shows, live projects and festivals. You will work in our commercial theatre and support professional and student performances and events.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of practical performance projects in our professional theatre, staging and supporting for performances to a live audience in a real-life industry setting. You may also be involved in schools tour projects, where you will visit several local schools, perform your work and deliver high quality workshops to the school pupils.

You will also be assessed on your presentation of the practical work you have participated in. This may be presented in a format of your choice i.e. written report, verbal presentation, website, blog, journal, scrap book etc. and will detail aspects of the work including research, context, planning and production, reflection and evaluation.

All units are graded Pass or Fail, until you reach your Final Major Project, which will be graded 'Pass, Merit, or Distinction'.

Your work will firstly be assessed by your tutor, an external moderator from UAL will then confirm the grades.

What will this lead to?

After Level 3 you will be qualified to seek junior work in the theatre/live events industries. However, it is more than likely you will proceed to University to study a technical theatre/music/media degree, events/project management is also a direction students could take after this course. For direct entry level roles you may choose different aspects of lighting, sound and digital operations. Small scale touring companies, large production/live events organisations will also be likely destinations. Junior camera, sound recording, and editing roles (in media organisations) would also be within your scope to study at a higher level.

Students will develop confidence with valuable technical and creative skills that will serve them in other areas of theatre, on-line media and digital creative sector more widely

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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