(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: WW24

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The Course

This highly practical and exciting course is designed to support and prepare students who are seeking a career in lighting and sound in the entertainment industry. The excellent facilities and training in The Northbrook Theatre support the acquisition of specialist skills and prepare students for entry to employment.

The course offers the opportunity to work across Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama productions as well as music events and tours.


The course consist of 12* units delivered over two years. Initially, students start with a general introduction to all areas of theatre production and planning. Then, in the spring term, they follow their chosen pathway and apply skills practically on productions.


The first year will see students take supportive roles on shows and work on approximately 10-15 productions, both in the Northbrook Theatre and Brighton venues. Progressing to the 2nd year, students will then take senior production and design positions. Ultimately, they will lead a team and facilitate the requirements of assorted events and productions, working within their own specialised degree area and also alongside those students following other production and performance degrees.


* Subject to University Periodic Review


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Course Content

When studying lighting, students will use our ETC ion and element lighting boards, in conjunction with a wide range of conventional LED & intelligent lighting fixtures. For the delivery of sound, our theatre is equipped with state of the art DiGiCo SD9 & SD11 live sound surfaces and DiGiCo SD-racks, offering students the ability to mix up to 96 channels of high quality Audio. Students will learn live sound fundamentals as well as advanced system set-up and optimisation skills. Students will produce high quality sound designs using industry standard show control software: Qlab and ProTools. See our twitter account @nbt backstage.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification



There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).



Progression to BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, (top-up) is offered subject to passing the course. Progression to industry across all theatre arts production courses has included employers such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, Brighton Fringe Festival, 'Wicked' West End, The Pavilion Theatre Brighton, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Stage Electrics, High School Musical (tour), Lord of the Dance (tour), Sweeney Todd, Mamma Mia, War Horse, Worthing Theatres, Theatre Royal Brighton, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Cunard, Eastbourne Theatres, Brighton Festival, Stage Electrics and Edinburgh Festival.


Entry Requirements


Individual offers may vary.


Interview and portfolio
(please bring a portfolio that evidences your experience. This could be previous courses undertaken or work done outside of your education).




Minimum UCAS points:

- Old system: 160

- New 2017 system: 64

from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma with merit profile in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.



Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

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