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Theatre and Event Technology

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

The course covers the technical aspects of production and the management of live performance, including set design, stage management and sound & light engineering.

Students provide technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre.

This course is excellent for those who wish to work in the entertainment industry but do not want to perform.  On this course you will develop strong teamwork skills as you work with students from this course and other subjects.

This is a very practical and hands on course, using a range of the latest technology and equipment. You will work in a state-of-the-art theatre (The Box), which has industry standard facilities and an additional purpose built buliding at Wildman Street.

You will be taught by industry professionals who have extensive professional experience and this will be supported by specialist workshops with guest lecturers.

The department runs an annual trip to London, where students have the opportunity to see two West End shows, tour famous theatres, undertake workshops and have time for shopping and exploring too.

This course usually takes place over 3 days, but can be up to 5 days a week when working on upcoming shows and events.
The Diploma will cover units in a number of areas including:
- Live sound for theatre and dance
- Studio sound
- Lighting for theatre, dance and music
- Set design and construction
- Preparation for specialist study

The Extended Diploma will cover units in a number of areas including:
- Live sound for theatre and dance
- Studio sound
- Lighting for theatre, dance and music
- Set design and construction
- Preparation for specialist study
- Live sound for music gigs
- Exploration of your area of interest
- Marketing for the arts

You will learn through practical worksops, operating shows including set design and construction, group work and individual research.

You will be assessed in a number of ways during the course and much of this will be carried out through the practical projects. 

Evidence will be collected in the following ways:
- Practical participation in college productions
- Filmed presentation and demonstration
- Tutor observation
- Wordpress online blog

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Students on the Diploma usually progress onto the final year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent three A-Levels and can be used to progress onto University courses. Previous students have gone on to study at places including Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Backstage Academy.

Previous students have gained employment with the Brewery Arts Centre, The Old Laundry, Adlib (Sound, Light and Visual Solutions), Kendal Calling, The National Theatre, Disney Cruises and Science Museum London and have worked on events including Kendal Mountain Festival, International Comic Arts Festival and Mintfest.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and preferably Maths.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

You should have an active interest in live performance: this could be in theatre, music or dance.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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