Course Details

This is a level 3 Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre Practices. Once you start on the course you will be an employee of a Creative Venue such as a theatre, arts centre or other live events venue/organisation. You may take on one of the following roles - Venue Technician, Theatre Technician, Stage Technician, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician, Video Technician or Automation Technician - Creative Venue Technicians will use their skills to realise and respond to the development of the creative team’s vision as well as the upkeep of their resident venue or touring productions. This will involve rigging and managing lighting equipment, sound equipment, AV and automation. Fitting up scenery and programming lighting, audio, video, automation and other control systems. You will also undertake venue maintenance duties. You will work closely with a mentor in your workplace and with your assessor/trainer at college. This is a course structured to suit both learners' and employers' needs and typically lasts 24months. The course is a direct pathway into the industry. Chichester College's course is lead by industry professionals who are still active in the professional world allowing for up to date and relevant knowledge.

Entry Requirements

English and Maths GCSE at level 4 or above. If you don't have one of these qualifications then you may be able to re-take L2 Functional skills at college. Extra attendance req It is useful to have some experience in the area you hope to study and to be able to demonstrate a passion for the career.

Career options

This apprenticeship allows for progression directly into industry. You gain the skills knowledge and behaviours that will allow you move into a career in your chosen field in liighting, sound, stage, AV. This qualification was written by and is recognised by most industry organisations.

Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship L3

Five highlights

  • 1 Brand new Technical Theatre Apprenticeship Standard
  • 2 Course covers apprenticeships in lighting, sound, stage, AV
  • 3 BECTU CRISP and ABTT Bronze awards included
  • 4 Flexible course delivery to suit learners and employers needs
  • 5 Industry endorsed training and industry professional trainers

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • Flexible start date
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre - (Plus ABTT Bronze Award & BECTU CRISP)


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Course code Location Course length Start date
PFA245WMMA Chichester Campus 24 Months Flexible start date

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will study to achieve 2 industry recognised qualifications - the ABTT Bronze Award for Technical Theatre and the BECTU CRISP as well as in the workplace you will; Prepare & interpret system specifications Prepare written information and reports Competently use safety and access equipment Assemble & configure structures and systems from component parts to production specifications Undertake fault-finding of components & systems Deploy, operate & maintain technical equipment operate suspension systems Operate hand & power tools safely Programme & operate computerised control equipment Set & change scenes in live performance Undertake cueing & live operation Operate suspension systems Inspect, maintain & monitor venue and production systems Diligently undertake stage crafts such as scenic construction, carpentry, metalwork, stage machinery, props, scene changes, knots and terminations You will also study Health & Safety legislation and prepare risk assessments and method statements Computer Literacy Creative venue budgetary management protocols How to communicate effectively with co-workers and manage work groups Deal politely & respectfully with stakeholders. Diligently manage your own punctuality

How will I be taught?

You will learn your practical skills in the workplace, learning on the job with a mentor. You will have information to gather at work and theory to put in practice while at work. You will also attend college at regular intervals depending on your distance, progress and need, where you will study theory and demonstrate your industrial competence through a series of seminars, professional discussions and observations. You will be required to create a professional digital portfolio of your work wh

How will I be assessed?

All apprenticeship standards (such as this) are summatively assessed with a final "End Point Assessment" which involves a series of practical simulations, interviews, discussions and the creation of a digital portfolio of evidence demonstrating your work and occupational competence. For the formative assessments during the apprenticeship your assessor/trainer will set you tasks and assignments. These will be a combination of physical evidence based on your practical work and some written work. You will create this work using a combination of extended writing, research, photographs, videos, observations, simulations, reflections, witness reports and annotated production/venue paperwork.

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