Production Arts Level 3

Set, lighting, sound, props, costume. These are a few of the considerations required to put together a production. This course looks at each of these and more develop skills that are transferable from an arena sized concert or a theatrical production all the way to small scale touring theatre. Employment has grown alongside technology in this area and so there are job and higher education opportunities for students who complete this course of study.

The Technical Theatre Extended Diploma course programme focuses on developing the broad range of skills necessary for progression to work or further study at degree level in technical theatre. The qualification has been designed to meet the needs of the creative and cultural industries.

The emphasis is on practical skills underpinned by theoretical understanding and industry standard health and safety practices. Much of the work will be in support of the wide range of performances in theatre, dance and music that take place each year as well as having opportunity to speak to industry professionals, take part in production workshops and visit local and regional theatres. Each project you complete is designed to be realistic to what you would expect in industry.

In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are now open!***

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ button located further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular October Open Events are also open.

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Welcome to Production Arts

Course Content

You will complete the National Foundation Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

Learners taking this qualification will study four mandatory learning and teaching modules:

  • Production Arts Skills Development
  • The Production Arts Industry
  • Personal Production Arts Profile
  • Collaborative Production Arts Project

Production Arts Level 3 Diploma modules will cover aspects including:

  • Production Arts Planning
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Stage Operations
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Design and Operations
  • Scenic Construction
  • Automated Stage Lighting
Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

The creative and cultural industries are one of the country’s major employers.

There are many opportunities in the field of production arts including stage management, sound operation, lighting design and operation, rigging and set construction.

This may involve working in a theatre, an arts centre, schools and colleges, conference venues or touring.

This qualification offers learners the opportunity to develop their technical and performance skills over their course of study through a process of self-evaluation, practice and review, which are key skills for progression to higher education

Successful students could progress directly into work or on to higher education courses. This qualification carries UCAS points and meets the admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example degrees in:

  • Technical theatre
  • Design
  • Stage management
  • Lighting
  • Make up for media and performance
Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service. They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact

Applying To UCAS

In 2015, 1 in 4 students who got into university in the UK did so with a BTEC (UCAS report – Progression Pathways Jan 2016)

BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.

For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*

For information on the tariffs for other qualifications, please visit the UCAS website.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Production Arts Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years: Year 1: 90 Credit Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £8,583 (This fee covers the whole two year course)


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