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Technical Theatre - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Chichester College

Course description

Technical Theatre Apprenticeships are designed to develop skills working backstage in a theatre. Level 3 apprentices on the Lighting Pathway will train as Board / Console Operators and Lighting Technicians. Apprentices on the Sound Pathway will train as Sound Technicians. Those taking the Stage Pathway will train as Stage Technicians. All your training takes place in a working theatre where you will learn on the job. You then take 1 day a week at college to complete your coursework.

Course content

The BIIAB programme sets out a selection of practical and theory based units of work for you to complete whilst you are training. You are required to fulfill all the criteria in each unit as well as maintain a level 2 or GCSE grade in English, Maths and ICT. You will complete these units as well as a booklet outlining your employee rights and responsibilities. You will also study other aspects of the Creative and Cultural Industry. 

You will learn most of your skills in your workplace. When at college you will be guided to complete your portfolio of work and to hone and focus your areas for improvement. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's (including English AND Maths) at Grade C or above or an equivalent Level 2 apprenticeship.


You will be assessed in many ways on this course; in the workplace by your asssessor, at college with your tutor and you will be asked to provide witness statements and observation reports. You will be required to complete your coursework with a combinations of written work, photographs and video. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you for direct access to the industry or if you
choose you can continue to University or Drama school.

Further information

Most lessons tale place in our studio theatre and ICT classrooms.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester College directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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