Level 2 Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage

SQA code: GK3854
Ofqual code: 601/5012/9
Total Qualification Time: 252
Guided Learning Hours: 175
Credit value: 25

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in supporting sound, light and stage management.

This qualification includes keeping up to date with technical and production developments in the live arts; cleaning up your own work area; giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation; contributing to good working relationships; and being aware of health and safety in the creative and cultural sector.

This qualification has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

It may be available through employers in England.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop the learner's occupational competence for work (or as a volunteer) in a junior role within technical theatre support in the areas of sound, light or stage.

This qualification delivers the underpinning knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard for the role and so provides a sound basis for working in the industry.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the theatre industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment/volunteering in technical theatre support (sound, light and stage)
  • preparing learners to progress to a Level 3 qualification
  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 25 credits. They must complete five mandatory units plus a minimum of two optional units from the qualification structure.

Learners will then need to select the most appropriate pathway for their job role:

  • technical theatre support: sound
  • technical theatre support: stage

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as assistant sound technicians, assistant lighting technicians or assistant stage technicians, and who wish to progress their careers within the industry. It is also taken by volunteers in assistant technician roles within technical theatre who wish to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge previously achieved or to provide a better platform for gaining paid employment.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage Apprenticeship in England (as detailed in SASE).


Learners may progress from the Level 2 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage to a qualification at Level 3 in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage.

The Level 2 Certificate in Technical Theatre Support: Sound, Light and Stage can lead to employment within the theatre industry, as an assistant technician within technical theatre (sound, light and stage). 

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 5 mandatory units (credit value 15) and optional units (to credit value 10) taken from the learner's chosen pathway.

Please refer to the qualification structure (176 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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