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Technical Theatre Extended Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

The course covers all the behind-the-scenes roles involved in backstage technical theatre and concert production. You will help run internal and external shows at our professional city centre venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre: learning on the job to gain the skills you need to get work in this booming market. This programme comprises 180 credits over 2 years with an option to leave after one year with a smaller qualification. Successful completion of the course means you will be eligible to study for a degree in a related field. If you're age 16 - 18, you'll be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also need to complete some related work experience and take part in employability sessions.

Course content

Over the two years you will cover aspects of stage management, lighting, video projections and sound equipment, and you will learn the importance of how the these areas work together. You will also look at production arts planning, the history of performance, health and safety and working for yourself in the industry. The structure of the course allows students to specialise in the areas which interest them most, such as stage lighting, stage management, scenery construction / set design or live sound. Year two follows on from the content in year one, but more in depth, and the introduction of new skills such as video projection mapping and lighting design.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference, 90% attendance at your last place of work or study, and four GCSEs at 4 (grade C) or above including English, maths is desirable but not essential. You will be invited to attend a welcome event whereby you will partake in an audition, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you. You are required to show an interest in backstage working. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Assessment is via coursework completed over the two years.This course is highly practical, with an emphasis on 'doing' and reflecting, often in a working blog format. Other assessment methods include presentations, sound and lighting design plots and reports.

Financial information

Material fee £40.00. £40 Materials fee covers black kit for working backstage and, potentially, a trip to a trade show

Future opportunities

On completion of the two-year extended diploma, learners may progress on to foundation or undergraduate degrees in areas related to technical theatre. In terms of industry roles, successful students can go onto work in sound design and operation, lighting design and operation, stage management, set design and build and projection mapping in theatres or concert venues.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 15 November 2017
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