Technical Events – BTEC Level 3

Learn the nuts and bolts of the live events industry; right from PA systems, rigging lighting equipment to learning advanced techniques in stage lighting, Video Journalism (VJ) skills and recording and mixing. Your skills will be put into practice at some of the East Midlands’ largest festivals and events, where you’ll help to run and stage productions.

Entry requirements and course duration

Duration: 2 years

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
  • An appreciation of, and passion for the subject, with a level of practical experience and/or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

Our campus

We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

What you’ll study

Term 1 - Live Sound Techniques

You’ll be introduced to the technology used in the events industry. This includes live sound techniques and how to set up a PA system for a live performance. You’ll also receive an introduction to the events industry and study the variety of roles available.

Term 2 - Event Lighting

You’ll be introduced to the world of event lighting, learn to rig lighting equipment and also how to plan a basic lighting show. As well as being introduced to lighting techniques, you’ll spend time in the recording studio and work with session musicians, learning how to record and mix audio.

Term 3 - Staging and Set-up Techniques

This term you’ll be working towards your own staged event. You’ll pull together your own production team and develop an understanding of the production roles within the industry. You’ll also learn basic staging and set-up techniques in a professional venue. Later in the term you’ll study advanced stage lighting techniques.

Term 4 - Running an Event

This term focuses on advanced production techniques that lead to running Confetti’s main student event of the year, The Confetti Christmas Party. This event is held at a large venue in Nottingham and will allow you to experience large sound and lighting consoles in a professional environment. You’ll also showcase your creative flair by using your newly learnt VJ skills in a visual performance that’ll accompany the show.

Term 5 - Working with Professional Crew

During this term you’ll be working as part of a professional production team for a show at a large venue in Nottingham. This will include practical experience on the latest audio and lighting equipment and experience setting up staging systems with on-site engineers.

Term 6 - Doing it For Real at Splendour

In the final term you’ll be studying the specialist area of the events industry that you see yourself working in. You’ll have access to working professionals within the industry that’ll support you throughout this process. The course finale is your experience working on the Splendour Festival. You’ll have exclusive access to the Confetti stage, working alongside professionals for the entire event.