BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Theatre Technology

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board:


2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A level

Course Content:

The BTEC Theatre Technology course provides the skills and knowledge to manage modern theatre environments.  Music, theatre and dance increasingly utilise theatre technology to add drama and special effects to performance on stage.  

On this course you will learn how to design and implement lighting, sound and visual effects in our professional quality theatre for different types of dance, drama and music performances.  You will learn how to operate lighting rigs, audio equipment and mixing desks within the control room.  You can create set designs for productions through the projection and manipulation of visual imagery and soundscapes.

Using technology to support and enhance live performance is a growing sector of the creative industries and this course provides the basis for training for employment in this area. 


100% coursework and controlled assessment.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are varied, from practical technique classes to creative workshops to written analysis tasks. We also organise a huge range of trips to theatres, visiting workshops, alongside many opportunities to perform at College. This is a really exciting course for anyone who wishes to pursue a career within the Performing Arts Industry.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.  To study this course, you should have experience and interest in Performing Arts.

Course costs:

Trips/workshops from £20 each.

Theatre Technology works well with:

Drama A Level

Dance A level

Music Technology A level

Physics A level

BTEC Music Performance Jazz or Rock & Pop


BTEC Performing Arts

Art & Design A Level

BTEC Graphics