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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Technical) at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

During your time on the course you will have the opportunity to explore technical theatre through a range of specialist areas. We will enhance your knowledge and prepare you for university or apprenticeships (there is an acknowledged skills shortage in technical theatre and it provides most opportunities nationally for creative Apprenticeships).

This two year programme provides a thorough grounding in both sides of Theatre Production from The Historical context of Performance, Production Planning and Production Performance, Front of House management and Operations, Events Management to the more technical side such as Stage Management, Stage Technical Maintenance, Stage Lighting Design and Operation, Stage Sound Design and Live Sound for the Stage.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade C or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade D).

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You will need to have four or more GCSE at grade A* to C including maths and English or an equivalent full Level 2 qualification. You will not need previous experience in production or performing arts but have a desire to learn all about technical production and stage management or arts in the community and the business of performing arts.


All assessments on this course are by set assignments and will be graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. You will be assessed continually throughout the year as you complete each task within a unit of study.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

There are many university courses covering technical theatre, events management, front of house productions throughout the UK. There are also a number of creative Apprenticeships all over the country you could go onto.Theatre Production (Technical) gives you the opportunity to work all around the world from TV to travelling theatres, West End/Broadway theatres to local community theatres.

Further information

Learner Engagement is at the core of this course and you will help to produce lots of events and performances. There will be an optional residential element to the course in the second year and educational visits covering all aspects of theatre production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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