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Course information

Course Summary

Develop your skills in the exciting world of stage production. You'll be making the set, and doing the sound, lighting and stage management. Our Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience for working in the industry, and/or progressing into university-level study. 

Course Code:N5549
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Production Arts: Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Awarded by:UAL
Course Length

2 years

Course Detail

This course provides opportunity to explore, develop and showcase students’ creativity within a qualification structure. The emphasis is on practical and collaborative skills underpinned by theoretical understanding and industry standard health and safety practices. You can expect great facilities and equipment, including our new sound and lighting desks. 

Across the two years you will learn transferable skills in set design, lighting, sound, props and more, and you'll be working closely with performers from the college's Forge Theatre and Nexus Ensemble companies. You will also be using your new knowledge and skills as part of your work experience at external venues. We will be working closely with industry professionals in order to provide students with real and relevant skills necessary to seek employment in industry. Workshops/talks will be held throughout the year to ensure that you have the opportunity to speak to practitioners currently working in the industry.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. We're not expecting you to have any prior experience or to have studied any specific GCSE subjects, but you will find it useful to have studied subjects such as Art and Design, Music, Media, Design Technology or Construction.  

We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing Students

A level 2 Diploma at Merit, plus English and Maths. If you are not a progressing from the Level 2 Performing Arts course, you will be required to perform a rehearsed scripted monologue, dance or song. A good reference from your current tutor is also required for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

You may want to progress to higher education in a specialist BA (Hons) or a Higher National programme in Performing Arts at Nescot or in a University or College of Higher Education. Alternatively, you may progress into jobs in the Performing Arts in areas such as doing session work for musicians, band work, dancing contracts on cruise ships and in clubs, entertainment staff at holiday camps, front of house, box office and marketing work in local theatres.

Potential career routes in the Performing Arts industry:

  • Acting performance
  • Arts administration
  • Box office and front of house in theatres
  • Choreography
  • Classical theatre
  • Communications industry
  • Costume and props technicians
  • Dance performance
  • Entertainment at holiday camps
  • Event management
  • Film
  • Journalist (arts)
  • Marketing
  • Performance on cruise ships
  • Production
  • Script writers
  • Stage & lighting technician
  • Stage combat
  • Stagehand
  • Theatre
  • Vocal performance
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 23/11/2021