School of Performing Arts

Technical Theatre (Top Up)

BA (Hons) Full-time 1 year

This course offers a blend of technical expertise across the multi-faceted disciplines of drama and performance with work opportunities in professional venues.

This course offers a blend of technical expertise across the multi-faceted disciplines of drama and performance with work opportunities in professional venues.

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  • Start Date(s) 18 September 2023
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Cheshire College South and West (Crewe Campus)
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

This course offers a blend of technical expertise across the multi-faceted disciplines of drama and performance with work opportunities in professional venues. There will be opportunities for employment as student technicians in the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool and the Storyhouse Theatre, Chester. With its hands-on experiential learning, academic rigour and exploration of theory into practice, this course is ideal for those who wish to gain vocational skills with underpinning knowledge as well as those who wish to take a more academic approach to the study of theatre technology.

What happens on the course?

As a student of technical theatre:

  • You will increase your subject knowledge through learning about a wide range of contemporary practice, performance and theatre in a variety of regional, national and international contexts. 
  • You will learn by ‘doing’ and you will receive support from experienced, well-qualified, specialist lecturing staff, administration and technical staff, and from visiting professionals.
  • You will have lots of opportunities to engage with current, employment-related professional practice and to enhance your career potential.
  • You will experience a wide variety of learning activities in theatre technologies and they will contribute to the development of your graduate attributes.

Teaching and learning will normally take place in a variety of continually evolving contexts, including an appropriate balance of the following kinds of activity:

a) Workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory or studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials. You will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical theory to case studies within regional, national and international contexts.

b) Group and individual learning;

c) Professional placements of varying types (which will be of especial relevance in enhancing your employability and ability to be enterprising);

d) Tutor-led, (peer-group) student-led, and self-directed study;

e) Use of subject-specific and generic technologies (these will be particularly helpful in the development of your digital literacy);

f) Resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at performances (this will be helpful in developing your digital literacy, enhancing your employability and ability to be enterprising, and increasing your awareness of global citizenship);

g) Opportunities to engage with the workplace, which might include extended placements at professional theatres

Learning activities in Theatre Technology will support your personal development, enable you to apply your learning to a range of different contexts, develop your understanding of how you might manage your future career, support your acquisition of subject-specific and generic skills, and help you to develop an understanding of how to deal with risk and uncertainty.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course is delivered at Cheshire College South and West, in Ellesmere Port. The college is well equipped with a studio theatre that has industry standard lighting and sound equipment, and an atrium performance space that allows for the touring aspects of technical theatre to be practiced.

The collaboration between the University of Wolverhampton and Cheshire College South and West means that students will have the full support of the University’s School of Performing arts, with opportunities for collaborative work, the use of facilities, including the Learning Centre, and the expertise of the staff in the drama department.  

Who will teach you on this course?

The course is delivered by experienced teachers who are also experts in the field of theatre technology, all of whom are still practicing in the industry alongside their teaching.

Angie Berwick has current teaching experience of HE both at South and West Cheshire College and as an Associate Lecturer at Edge Hill University. At the College Angie teaches on the HNC/D in Performing Arts and is the Programme Leader for Higher Education programmes within performing arts. Angie has been an associate lecturer with Edge Hill for a number of years where she teaches on their Technical Theatre and Events Management Modules working with Level 4, 5 and 6 students.

Joseph Rhead Joe’s background in audio has enabled him to deliver specific skills across sectors including live events, art installations & studio-based recording. He has many years industry experience, such as co-founding an independent live events & recording studio facility in Liverpool City Center. He has strong industry links across the city alongside his professional teaching duties he continues to work freelance as a sound engineer.

Samantha Cheadle is a Production and Stage Manager who has recently worked on The Chester Mystery Plays 2018. Her experience includes Stage Managing “Lost Boy” an original play by Theatre in the Quarter, she was the resident Stage Manager for LHK Productions and Stage Manager for MJD Productions “You will Never Walk Alone” (2017).

James McMahon is the Managing Director of UK Events Group.  James’s company works on large-scale festivals and events including Clubland, DLDK, Brouhaha & Esco Williams. Companies including Colours use UK Events equipment for their Scottish shows for artists including Alesso, Steve Angelo and Paul Oakenfold. His company work for Cashforkids charity, supplying hire and crew to their events.

Kelvin Lloyd (The Epstein Theatre as our partner organisation).  The Theatre Manager Rebekah Piggeingi and Kelvin Lloyd (Technical Manager) will support our qualification offering on site development, workshops and work experience.

Storyhouse as our partner organisation the opportunities this will bring are still in development and its early stages. They will support research activities through their studios spaces and in-house productions.  Our students can be involved at each stage and support while developing their own areas of research.

You will gain extensive vocational experience. You will have the opportunity to work across the performing arts in a technical role for which you will have developed specialist skills in technology for performance. You could go on to work as stage managers, production managers, in lighting or sound, or scenic design. Students will be skilled in the creative use of technology in a variety of performance contexts.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £6165 per year 2022-23

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  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Other Requirements

You may be invited to attend a selection event/interview at Cheshire College South and West.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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