Production Arts Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level)

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2021



Course introduction

You can acquire skills and knowledge in all aspects of performance technology thanks to this learning opportunity.

This means gaining an eye for lighting design, understanding the dynamics of sound on stage, working out important logistical issues, getting to grips with industry equipment and facilitating performers.

You will also learn how to deal with important health and safety compliance issues, which are fundamental to the viability of a modern performance.

This course is all about putting on your black clothes, becoming embedded with performing communities and helping ensure that the show always goes on.

Why choose Brock for Production Arts Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level)?

At Brock we are fortunate to have a Performing Arts department with excellent facilities.

You will benefit from two studio theatres, a large performance space, four sound studios, two sprung dance studios, three rehearsal studios, props and costume areas, two Mac suites, and two lighting and sound gantries.

Also, your teachers will regularly bring professional performance companies into the College to run workshops and give performances.

Teaching & learning

Through practical projects you will develop and use skills in stage design, stage management and lighting, as well as prop and model making, scenic painting and construction.

Projects also represent opportunities to improve your communication and teamwork skills, making you a versatile operator who is an asset to any major production.

In addition, you will assist with selected events outside the theatre setting to gain more valuable experience of working to deadlines.

Course structure

  • Assist in key aspects of assembling and disassembling a sophisticated stage production.
  • Visit local rigging designers and manufacturers to discover how things work and how technical advances are made.
  • Plan various important elements of a stage performance to enhance its audience appeal.
  • Build your awareness of health and safety compliance, which is a key attribute of any modern stage technician.
  • Enjoy visits to various different performances throughout your studies.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:

  • English Language

Ideally you must have practical experience on a lighting and sound desk and have worked on live shows. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed and will be required to provide written evidence and practical application on all units.

Information & support

You will pay into a trips account to cover travel to theatres and theatre tickets. More information will provided regarding this when you start the course.

What can I do with this qualification?

By successfully completing this course you can emerge as a strong candidate for work and apprenticeship opportunities across the full spectrum of performing arts.

You can also make a strong claim for enhanced work experience opportunities with world class productions. Furthermore, you will have acquired the academic credit you need to study a related programme at university.

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