Technical Theatre

Do you want a career backstage? Does becoming a stage lighting designer, live sound engineer, video specialist, production manager, set designer or stage manager appeal to you? Do you want to become a member of a professional team of men and women in black who are the backbone of the industry? If so, you have come to the right place. During your studies you will work in our specialist studios and professional theatre participating in regular skills and technique classes, productions, tours, master-classes, enrichment and competitions. As well as our on-site shows and workshops at the Grange Theatre, we respond to the needs of schools, community groups and Performing Arts employers, providing valuable work experience opportunities for all our students.
  • In your first year, you will study essential technical skills including:

    Operating Lights
    Sound for the Stage
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Stage Manager
    Props Making
    Visual Imagery
    Production Workshop
    Scenic Construction

    In your second year you will continue to study:

    Lighting Design
    Set Design
    Live Sound Design
    Production Arts Business
    Media Studies
    Technical Studies
    Deputy Stage Manager
    Production Manager
    Events Management
    The World of Freelance

    As well as developing technical skills, you will participate in maths and English classes to ensure that you are improving core skills which will help you gain professional employment in the Performing Arts industry.

You will be assessed through practical assignments and live projects, for example extensive productions for dance, music, drama and musical theatre, tours, portfolio work. 

You will experience the world of work by operating on productions in professional theatres & venues, Front-of-House at the Grange Theatre, teaching technical skills in schools and the wider community. You will also work with industry specialists participating in master-classes. Your tutor will help you to find valuable work experience in professional theatres/organisations around Greater Manchester.
This qualification will enable you to progress to university and technical theatre institutes, into employment or onto an apprenticeship. 
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
You will be required to take part in an interview. You will be given further information on application.
  • Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Computer Gaming
  • Graphic Design

All full time courses for home students aged 16 - 18 inclusive are free.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development