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Production Arts

Course Code: LIV2

Level: 3
Subject area: Performing Arts & Production Arts
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

About the course

Do you dream of producing music festivals, TV shows, conferences or theatre performances? Could you be the next generation of creative, managerial and technical workers in theatre, corporate conferencing, music and live events? This exciting live events production course at City College Plymouth is an advanced programme equivalent to A Levels. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for employment or university study in related subjects. You will be working on set, building stage, designing and rigging lights, engineering sound and performing stage management operations in a wide range of settings inside and outside of the College. We are fully committed to providing you with a first-class education and industry relevant experience. This one to two-year programme is made up of bite-sized chunks that each gives you a recognised qualification.

What you'll learn

You will study a range of subjects including :

  • sound production
  • lighting production
  • event management
  • production design
  • audio visual design
  • technical operation
  • set construction
  • career management.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

Four to five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (including English and maths), although relevant experience will also be considered if you do not have these qualifications.


There are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout each stage. This will include projects ongoing work, practice routines, tests and evaluation. Functional skills, or GCSE English/maths will also be assessed if appropriate.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • a Foundation Degree in Live Sound at the College
  • a BA (Hons) degree in event production or event management
  • a higher diploma at a recognised drama school
  • employment in the industry.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: LIV2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £4000

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.