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Production, Theatre & Events

Production, Theatre & Events programmes at Kendal College enable students to enter the ‘live events industry’ which presents fantastic and numerous employment opportunities; the chance to travel the World; to be at the forefront of a creative Industry responsible for iconic events such as the opening of the London Olympic Games, Glastonbury and West End Shows and to support the many local organisations that need the specific skills set of a Production specialist.

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Course Overview

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

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.

After Your Course

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.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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