Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage Level 3
The Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage at QCF level 3 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as sound, light and stage management and support.
This qualification covers developing effective working relationships with colleagues in a theatre setting; keeping up to date with technical and production developments in the live arts; and ensuring responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety.
This qualification is available through approved centres.
Purpose and Recognition
Why deliver this qualification
This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.
This Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage at QCF level 3 can be offered in any of the following modes:
- part-time (eg day-release)
- open and distance learning
- infill into existing classes
- evening provision
Who does this qualification suit
This qualification is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- individuals who wish to start their own business
This Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage at QCF level 3 is included as a component in the Level 3 Technical Theatre: Lighting, Sound & Stage Apprenticeship framework.
As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.
Learners who have achieved the Certificate can progress to job roles relating to their chosen pathways.
- Lighting Technician or Lead Lighting Technician: with responsibilities such as working with the lighting designer and director to plan lighting requirements for a live performance; sourcing lighting/special effects equipment; supervising the operation of lighting control systems; operating lighting for a live performance; checking control systems; and health and safety.
- Production Technician/Senior Production Technician: with responsibilities such as planning and overseeing the maintenance of production items and equipment; and supervising the installation and use of electrical equipment during a live performance. In some venues, the Production Technician may be responsible for the provision of resources/scheduling of staff and maintenance, budgeting, and production schedules.
- Board/Console Operator: with responsibilities such as working with the lighting designer and programming (or plotting) the control system (board). This could be either the light board or audio mixing console during a live performance.
- Lighting Maintenance Supervisor/Manager: with responsibilities such as planning and overseeing the maintenance of production items and equipment for a performance; ensuring all maintenance duties are carried out safely; and supervising the installation and use of electrical equipment during a live performance.
Learners can also do further qualifications to build on their skills such as a Foundation degree, HNC/D or a degree.
Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.
How to assess
Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
The Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage at QCF level 3 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 30 credits; 10 credits from the three Mandatory Units in Group A plus a minimum of 20 credits from Group B. The remaining 3 credits may be achieved from the learners chosen Pathway or the Optional Units in Group C
Group Award code: GK35 70 (25 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification code: 601/5136/5
For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.
Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance
Unit and Assessment Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact email@example.com
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