Performing & Production Arts | UAL Diploma in Performing and Production Arts | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0278-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above. See the Entry Requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Level 1 Diploma in Theatre Performance and Production Arts Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Technical Theatre Production

This course covers a range of theatre arts disciplines, both performance-based and behind-the-scenes in production. You can opt to focus on either performance subjects (acting, dance, singing) or production subjects (lighting, sound, set design). If you are still deciding whether you prefer performance or production, you can opt to mix and match the course units and gain a general qualification. This will allow you to specialise further down the line in your studies. The College offers facilities unrivalled in the region, including a 160 seat professional theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

  • Inclusive and flexible course
  • Explore both performance and production arts 
  • Professional rehearsal and theatre facilities on campus with industry standard technology 
  • Expert tutors with professional experience 
  • Learn in a creative environment at a dedicated arts campus

Start dates

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Entry requirements

This Level 1 course is for students who have fewer than three GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above.

Entry requirements

Course content

Choose a pathway or opt to combine course units if you are still deciding which direction to take.

Performing Arts

  • Acting 
  • Dance 
  • Singing

This is a highly practical course for students with an interest in theatre and performance and culminates in two performances to the public. Students’ skills are developed through practical workshops, seminars and studio performances. Options include dance, singing and acting, costume, hair and make-up for theatre and set and prop design. The College offers facilities unrivalled in the region, including the 160-seat professional theatre, our new studio theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

Production Arts

  • Costume, hair & makeup for theatre
  • Set and prop design
  • Production arts
  • Lighting
  • Sound

The production course builds on Northbrook College's high reputation for excellence in technical theatre, stage management, theatre design and design crafts. You will gain full production experience on a range of public shows at both The Northbrook Theatre and our new studio theatre. Resources include our fully equipped professional theatre with ETC Ion lighting desk, intelligent and generic lighting fixtures, DigiCo Digital Sound Desk, wireless and shotgun microphones, projector, video mapping software, QLab workstations, wireless technical intercom, hemp and counterweight fly tower, wardrobe, make-up, and prop studios, paint gallery and scenic workshop.


Why this course?

  • Learn skills in both performance and production arts  
  • Ten rehearsal and dance studios
  • Build your confidence
  • Professional theatre with industry-standard technology and scene dock 
  • Props, costume and make-up workshops
  • Tutors with professional industry experience
  • Learn at a dedicated arts and creative campus
  • Course structured to reflect the industry

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.

The Theatre Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting theatre scene and they are here to help you realise your potential. Passionate about their areas of expertise, staff are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

One of the reasons you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. It is a dedicated arts space, with the theatre courses running alongside music and art and design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Close proximity to Brighton and London, offering a wealth of theatre experiences.

What's next?

After Level 1, you can progress to the Level 2 UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts course.

If you have been exploring both performing and production elements at Level 1, you may want to specialise in one area. Your decision may affect what you will study further down the line (Level 3 and beyond). Our department staff and careers advisers are on hand to give expert advice and ensure that you make the right choice to pursue your dream job.

Future careers


  • Actor
  • Voice over
  • Director
  • TV presenter
  • Event manager
  • Drama teacher

Production Arts

  • Theatre technician
  • Lighting designer/operator 
  • Sound engineer/operator
  • Set designer
  • Practitioner of hair/make-up/wigs
  • Marketing/events 

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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