Performing Arts

Performing Arts: Production Arts Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE English and Maths
  • Relevant experience and a successful interview
  • A portfolio of work, examples of sound, lighting or stage designs would be advantageous but not essential

You will achieve

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Course overview

Production arts gives you the opportunity to showcase your skills working as a technician in the creative industries. If your passion is to light a film, organise actors backstage, produce ear-shredding sound at a festival, cue musical theatre performers on the West End or build a set and create props, this course is for you!

You will work on specialist projects, as well as large scale public performances each year, in our wonderful Electric Theatre. Our performing arts and production arts students will work closely with each other.

You will develop transferable skills such as: communication skills, self-confidence, become an excellent team-player & problem solver, as well as developing your specialist skills

Course content

You will learn how the creative industries work and develop links with employers. This is no ordinary course, you will gain skills in lighting, sound and stage management and be assessed on the productions you run in the Electric Theatre.

This course mirrors industry and you will work with the latest equipment. Applicants must be responsible, physically fit, be able to work at height and prepared to study in a vocational environment on a course that is equivalent to three A Levels.

You will be assessed through coursework and practical demonstrations. Assessments will involve delivering live shows until 11.00pm.

Safety boots, gloves, hard hat, black workwear, 1TB hard-drive, multi-tool, torch, writing equipment and diary.

The Electric Theatre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts industry.
The qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Performing Arts: Production Arts Level 3 Full-time

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