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Technical Theatre

Overview - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Technical Theatre

For a full and in-depth introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to run a performance, this qualification will appeal to anyone interested in the technical side of the creative and performing arts industry. Broadening your understanding of technical production skills across the board, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available and enjoy opportunities to gain real experience by working with industry professionals.


What will I be doing?

The technical requirements of performance production are extremely diverse, so you will benefit from solid, project-based learning across a wide range of activities across areas such as lighting, live sound, stage management, and scenic construction. Our performance-driven focus will give you a real, practical opportunity to develop your technical skills through workshops, assignments and projects while working alongside students of other disciplines.

In addition, you will benefit from the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff, contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits, a minimum of one week’s work experience each year, opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond, and, of course, access to our new facilities.

What will I leave with?

Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Technical). Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

What could I do next?

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the creative and performing arts industry. Related career paths might include set construction, stage management, sound, lighting or production design.

How do I apply?

You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us as soon as possible. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2017 -  you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.

If you still have questions, contact the LIPA Sixth Form College Administrator on 0151 330 3232 or email


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.