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Technical Support for Events Level 3 90 Credits and Extended Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

The course is largely based on practical work supported by theory classes. Opportunities will arise throughout the course for students to attend various professional events.

The course is industry based and has been designed in consideration of the sector qualifications strategy (SQS). SQS have identified a skills gap within the industry and this course has been developed with that in mind.

You will get the chance to attend various offsite events including expos such as Plasa Live, theatre visits and road shows. Use of guest speakers will also play a part in the delivery of this course.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

Learning will take place in our newly equipped technical workshops where a varied and challenging environment will be offered. Both theory and practical learning will take place. Learning in working environments will be used wherever possible.

The following modules may be included in the course however this may be subject to change:

  • Production arts workshop
  • Technical stage operations
  • Stage technical maintenance
  • Stage technology installation
  • Stage lighting operations
  • Stage lighting design

As well as the above units extra units in 17th Edition IE Requirements and Portable appliance testing (PAT)  may be delivered.

Entry requirements

Lots of enthusiasm and an interest in technical production supported by 4 GCSE’s grade A* – C. This includes English at grade C, or a Level 2 qualification.

A hard working ethos and an enquiring mind are useful qualities to have along with good research skills, a sense of humour and team working skills. An eye for detail and the ability to make quick decisions will also help.


Assessment will be by portfolio and observation.

Future opportunities

With this qualification you can gain access to many university programmes where you can build on the technical expertise already gained, or if you prefer you can seek employment within the thriving industry of entertainment.

You may consider applying for an Apprenticeship within entertainment or head off as a self-employed freelance technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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