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UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Technical Theatre and Stage Management Pathway)

Music production Bedford


Technical Theatre & Stage Management Advanced (Level 3)

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and supportive. It will offer you an excellent opportunity to develop transferable skills in all aspects of the Backstage Theatrical and Events Industry.

You will work alongside Industry Professionals, exploring Stage Lighting and Sound as both an Operator and Designer. You will explore Set Construction techniques, Prop and Costume Making and Design, as well as taking on more managerial positions in your second year by completing Stage Management and Stage Design duties.

Allowing you to fully realise your aspirations by working on both small- and large-scale production projects such as Musical Theatre Performances, Straight Plays, Dance Shows, Theatrical Make-Up Showcases and Live Music Events.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9-4 or equivalent, ideally including English & maths


  • Performing & Production Arts at Level 2


  • Some experience of theatre production and completion of a pre-interview creative task
What qualification will I gain?

You will gain:

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts
  • English and maths qualifications if required

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

How will I be assessed?

Internally assessed and externally moderated practical assessments and portfolio of supporting academic evidence.

Course content

What will I study?

Subject units:

  • Lighting and sound
  • Stage management
  • Set design
  • Makeup Venue management

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience

  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Next steps

On successful completion of this study programme you could progress on to a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts, or attend a specialist school in your chosen area to develop your career prospects further.

This qualification also attracts up to 360 UCAS points towards entry on to a degree-level course. You could also pursue employment within the performing arts industry.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of:

  • £100 to cover the cost of any trips and visits
  • Clothing/uniform at a cost of £15 and personal equipment at £20

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College Production Arts Technical Theatre Level 3
Performing Arts


When I was looking at further education options post GCSE I knew a vocational atmosphere would suit me. I came along to an open day at the College and knew that this was where I wanted to go.

My favourite part of the course at College is the construction and design aspects. I’m a Set Designer for our in-house production of Twelfth Night. It’s hard work but a great experience. Being a Set Designer involves everything from coming up with the initial set ideas, liaising with the directors and managing the overall process. It’s a creative job and requires you to think outside the box. We’re also involved in other backstage jobs such as lighting, sound and rigging.

We go on lots of theatre trips, which helps you to see the whole spectrum from new productions to very old productions done in a modern way. I’m able to take lots of new ideas from the productions we go and see for my own set designs here at College.

I’m currently on the waiting list for a Production course at the drama school, RADA, in London after I finish my course here at the College.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.