Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre (Lighting, Sound & Stage)
About this course

This intermediate level apprenticeship is ideal for those who work in, or want to work in the technical theatre industry as technicians in backstage operations, supporting those in roles that are more senior, and is included within relevant Apprenticeship frameworks issued by Creative and Cultural Skills.

Upon completion, learners will be able to demonstrate competence in specialist job roles such as:

  • Rigging technicians
  • Lighting systems technicians
  • Board console operators
  • Follow spot operators
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Assistant sound technicians
  • Stage technicians
  • Flymans
  • Lighting designers
  • Theatre technicians

Learners have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to progress within specialist areas of lighting, sound and stage.

Learners will also have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge related to their specified job roles within the sector and to develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning.

What will I learn?

There are 3 Pathways to choose from, Lighting, Sound or Stage.

 

Learners are required to complete the following mandatory units which are equal to 15 credits:

• Awareness of Health and Safety in the Creative and Cultural Sector
• Cleaning Up Own Work Area
• Contribute to Good Working Relationships
• Give Customers a Positive Impression of Yourself and Your Organisation
• Keeping Up to Date with Technical and Production Developments in the Live Arts

Learners are also required to achieve 10 credits from the following units in their chosen pathway:

Lighting Pathway:

• Getting In, Setting Up Equipment, and Getting Out in Technical Theatre
• Identifying and Resolving Common Faults in Stage and Lighting Equipment in Theatre and Live Performance
• Manual Handling and Lifting Loads
• Operating a Follow Spot for a Live Performance
• Operating Lighting Control Systems
• Reading and Interpreting Lighting Plans for a Live Performance
• Selecting and Using Safe Systems for Working at Height
• Setting up Lighting
• Using Tools and Equipment for Construction and Maintenance

Sound pathway:

• Contribute to Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
• Contribute to the Development of a Sound Brief in Live Performances
• Contribute to the Planning of the Sound Requirements for a Production
• Contribute to the Technical Production of a Live Performance
• Ensure the Safe and Efficient Loading of Vehicles Used within the Entertainment Industry
• Ensure the Safe and Efficient Un-Loading of Vehicles Used within the Entertainment Industry
• Fit Wireless Equipment for a Live Performance
• Getting In, Setting Up Equipment, and Getting Out in Technical Theatre
• Install Electrical Equipment for a Live Performance
• Manual Handling and Lifting Loads
• Operate Sound for a Live Performance
• Prepare Flying Equipment and Components for Use During a Live Performance
• Prepare the Operation of Sound for a Live Performance
• Provide Amplified Sound for a Live Performance
• Rehearse Sound Requirements
• Select and Apply Appropriate Knots for Securing Loads in a Live Performance Venue
• Selecting and Using Safe Systems for Working at Height 
• Set Up and Check Sound Equipment
• Support the Implementation of Rehearsals
• Use Drawings and Specifications to Inform Technical Preparations for Live Performance
• Using Tools and Equipment for Construction and Maintenance

Stage Pathway:

• Assist with the Running of a Live Performance
• Contribute to Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
• Contribute to the Interpreting of Designs for Sets and Props
• Contribute to the Technical Production of a Live Performance
• Ensure the Safe and Efficient Loading of Vehicles Used within the Entertainment Industry
• Ensure the Safe and Efficient Un-Loading of Vehicles Used within the Entertainment Industry
• Getting In, Setting Up Equipment, and Getting Out in Technical Theatre
• Manual Handling and Lifting Loads
• Prepare Flying Equipment and Components for Use During a Live Performance
• Prepare Props for Live Performance
• Prepare Special Effects for a Live Performance
• Pre-Set the Stage and Position Scenic Components During a Live Performance
• Select and Apply Appropriate Knots for Securing Loads in a Live Performance Venue
• Selecting and Using Safe Systems for Working at Height
• Support the Implementation of Rehearsals
• Using Tools and Equipment for Construction and Maintenance
• Use Drawings and Specifications to Inform Technical Preparations for Live Performance

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in Englsih, Maths and ICT.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The programme usually takes 12 months to complete, subject to any previous experience.

The Competence Element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.  You will have access to the college resources for research and support.

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

If you have achieved GCSE Grade E+ in Maths, English and ICT, then you may not need to complete the Functional Skills parts of the framework.

Additional costs and information
What could I do next?

You may wish to progress onto qualifications within the Culture and Heritage suite, into employment in technical theatre support in sound, light and stage or into further learning. An example of this being a foundation degree in technical theatre or stage management.

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Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.