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Performing Arts Technical Theatre & Stage Management Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course

About the course

This is an exciting and mainly practical course. It is project based and you will learn to produce, support and manage a variety of productions for live performance. There is a continuous assignment assessment process involving practical, research and presentation work. Written work is undertaken in the form of assignments, individual portfolios journals and research reports. There is a mix of practical classes with some theory and suits students who are willing and eager to get hands on with performance projects and events as a member of a production team

You’ll get to use our excellent facilities and be a part of live performances in a professional theatre. This is a practical, work-related course

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.

As part of our study programme all students are expected to take part in our Wednesday afternoon enrichment offer. Students are able to choose from approximately 40 options which help build skills and attributes that employers and universities are seeking in their applicants.

You will be required to pay a £20 ‘studio fee’ at registration as a contribution to the cost of consumable resources used (particularly in design work).  Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college’s Learner Support Fund.

Will the course suit me?

Yes, if you have the confidence to perform and are creative. You will need to be considerate of others when working practically in a group.

Qualification Title

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Technical Theatre & Stage Management Level 3

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language


The course is assessed entirely by coursework.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Most students go on to do a degree or foundation degree, at a University or Drama School. .Students from the course may go on to many different Universities and Drama schools, and a significant number of ex-students are now working successfully in the T.V, Film and Theatre. Other students have formed their own acting companies.   Some students remain at Norton to complete the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts (Drama).  While some students progress onto courses in the performing arts, students do also go on to degree courses in a wide range of other areas where artistic understanding and communication skills are important.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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