Technical Theatre SCQF Level 6

Learn about the range of technical areas that support a successful stage production.


Why take this course?

The NPA in Technical Theatre in Practice at SCQF Level 6 is designed to provide learners with a range of design skills applicable for use in technical theatre. Learners will use design skills as well as specialising in specific areas such as:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Prop making
  • Model set construction

Learners may also have the opportunity to integrate their skills through the undertaking of a project. The NPA has the potential to improve progression to further study, providing learners with relevant experiences which develop skills of commitment, collaboration, creative thinking and self-discipline.

What you will experience

The course consists of three SQA units which you must successfully complete in order to gain the award.

  • Technical Theatre in Context
  • Theatrical Design
  • Theatrical Prop Making

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and practical activities. The course will be delivered at the College's Aberdeen City Campus.

You will be expected to demonstrate/develop the following essential skills for the workplace:

  • Good time keeping skills
  • An ability to work independently
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • An ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others

Assessment will take place on an ongoing basis throughout the course, under open-book conditions.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The NPA in Technical Theatre in Practice (SCQF Level 6) is accessible to school pupils in the senior phase who would preferably have previous experience with some element of design and problem solving skills, and already have attained or be working toward qualifications at SCQF Level 5.

What you will need

You will need to wear clothing suitable to allow easy movement.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be expected to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Please note that eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College subject to additional required qualifications:


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Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.