Stage Management*


Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

The highly practical course allows you to work with professionals and apply your skills in performance projects. The course covers the range of roles and skills required to facilitate theatre production, theatre performance and events.

As the course progresses you can specialise in the area that interests you most to shape your career path. Roles such as: Company/Production Manager, Stage Manager, Deputy and Assistant Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Prop Maker, a specialist in contemporary digital media or a technician working to support these areas.

You will support and facilitate performances in PFA, Drama, Dance and Events working in a range of theatres and site-specific venues achieving a 'real-world' experience of theatre/events performance practice.

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Study style

The course is theory through practice so students understand the theory that underpins the specific roles and then work to master the specific practical skills required to fulfill those roles in small and then major projects

At Level 4 students take compulsory modules to appreciate a range of roles and as the course develops the student can specialize in the specific role or roles that interest them through choosing specific option modules.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW450


  • Production Manager
  • Company Manger
  • Event Manager
  • Stage manager/Deputy Stage Manager
  • Lighting Designer/technician
  • Sound Designer/Technician
  • Digital Theatre technician
  • Teacher

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

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Staff Profile

Sue Colverd

"I’ve toured the world with the Actors Touring Company and been nominated for an Olivier Award. I’ve acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as touring with my own company as artistic director and performer before becoming artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for 10 years. I’ve worked as an actor, director, writer, practitioner and theorist. I am passionate about drama and the process of creating work with young people and building their understanding of the theory and power of performance through practice. This is a crucial part of my delivery and ethos as a lecturer."

Theatre technician

Broad experience base

The course gives a broad base of experience in stage management roles at Level 4 and encourages students to decide what specific pathway they will pursue as a career. A real-world experience working with professional practitioners in a variety of professional, events venues.

Performing Arts student

Work in professional settings

The partner course of Dance, Performing Arts and Drama and Performance Practice, you'll have the chance to work in professional theatres and in site specific-spaces. Our Stage Management students will support productions in a variety of venues and in work with our Alumni company.

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Networking and development

You will be able to showcase your work in performance and build a professional portfolio during your time with us. We encourage students to network and build pathways into work which is facilitated by a work-based learning module.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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