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Production Arts Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

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. You will work as part of a team facilitating all the live performances in the Performing Arts department. You will be introduced to all areas of technical theatre and stage management in the first year of your course and then you will be able to specialise in your 2nd year if this is appropriate for your career path.

Course content

You’ll get to use our excellent facilities and be a part of live performances in a professional theatre. The course will not only help you develop your knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the Production Arts Industry but it will help your communication skills and should give you confidence in working both on your own and with others. These are skills that you can apply whatever you decide to do after you have finished the course .You will also be able to carry out research and reflect with thought and perception on your own working practices.

The Production Arts department is based at Hillsborough College in a new purpose-built Creative Arts Centre fully equipped to professional standards. The facilities have been specially designed and equipped to give you the best possible environment in which to learn about the industry.

The Btec course is extremely well established and many of our previous students are now working successfully within the industry in production and design. You will be taught by tutors who have strong links with specialists and companies both locally and nationally, and the team includes tutors who themselves have worked in the industry.

Hillsborough college itself is college is a bright and friendly college with excellent facilities and good public transport links.

During your course you will be working in the evenings on a number of occasions. This is because you will be working on several performances over the year. You are given a year planner at the start of the course to enable you to ensure that you are able to prioritise college commitments and participate fully in all projects.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4-9 / A* - C (or acceptable alternatives). Must include English Language.


There is a continuous assignment process involving practical, research and presentation work. Written work is in the form of assignments, individual portfolios, journals and research reports. There is a mix of practical classes with some theory and will suit you if you are willing and eager to learn and to get hands on with performance projects.

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

Most students go on to do a degree or foundation degree, at a University or a Production course at a drama school. A significant number of ex-students are now working successfully in the T.V, Film and Theatre.

Other students have formed their own companies. While some students progress onto courses in the production arts, students do also go on to degree courses in a wide range of other areas where artistic understanding and communication skills are important, including Hospitality and Events Management, Tourism and Nursing.

Further information

Come and see for yourself at one of out Open Day dates throughout the year:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will all be open for all dates.

If you can't attend one of our Open Days, please get in touch with to organise a tour of the college

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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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: HFNPT1


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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.