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Management & Administration Pathway


At BOA Stage and Screen Production we place significant emphasis on work-readiness, project based learning and industry collaboration. This means the Management & Administration pathway at BOA Stage and Screen Production academy is much, much more than the BTEC course alone. 

Students at BOA Stage and Screen will undertake a sequence of live industry projects, choosing roles, attending relevant workshops and classes, executing their roles, and keeping a journal and e-portfolio as evidence.

The content of the journal and e-portfolio will then be assessed against the BTEC course and criteria relevant to their pathway and choices.

There will be a number of milestone choices that students will make during their programme that will further define their pathway and identify the specific BTEC course that will underpin it.

Students pursuing a Management and Administration Pathway will choose to follow one of the following BTEC courses:

  • Pearson Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Production Arts Practice [MANAGEMENT]

Students will achieve the Diploma (worth 1.5 A’levels) at the end of their first year of study. They will then have the option to ‘top-up’ their BTEC to an Extended Diploma (worth 3 A’levels) in their second year of study.



Students choosing to pursue a Management & Administration pathway at BOA Stage and Screen will have interest in specialist areas such as:

  • Location Management
  • Prop Procurement
  • Scheduling and Marketing
  • Legal
  • Health and Safety
  • Budgeting
  • Working as Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager.

This pathway enables you to choose your own learning route. This could be in performing, writing, design, technical or management roles or a combination of different roles from different areas. You are not required to study all the subject areas outlined above.

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the performing arts sector. Through practical exploration and real-life performance and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.



You will study the BTEC Level Three Foundation/Extended Diploma Production Arts Practice. Each module on the course has a variety of units which are assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction grades.

Year one of this full-time programme is known as the Foundation Year. During this time, you will develop your knowledge and understanding in a wide range of subject areas which sit within the production arts sector. You will finish the foundation year with a final major production job role in an area of your own choice. At the end of this year you will have completed the foundation diploma which is the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels.

Year two is known as the Extended Year. The extended year enables you to undertake full responsibility within your chosen area of study taking on a particular role and developing a production of your own choice. At the end of this year you will have completed the extended diploma which is the equivalent of 3 A Levels.


You will develop essential industry knowledge and skills through a number of exciting projects led by industry professionals and Academy teachers. You will collaborate across pathways at BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy and will work closely with our sister school, Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). You will work with directors, performers and other members of the performing team to produce live performances and film projects.

You will be assessed through practical work on a variety of performing projects and will be required to carry out coursework as part of your programme of study. Coursework is set in a variety of different ways at BOA Stage and Screen Performing Academy. For example, you may decide that developing a website is the best way to showcase your skills. Other options for assessment could include an e-portfolio, presentation, video log or podcast. There are no formal written exams on this course.



Production Arts Skills Development

In this module you will develop a range of production management skills and techniques. The areas in which you choose to study could include; set design and set construction, digital scenery, costume design and costume making, wardrobe management, wig making, lighting design and operation, sound design and engineering, stage management, props making, make-up and hair for film, television and theatre.

You will carry out a number of management roles on a variety of projects. Projects could include live productions such as musical theatre, plays, dance and music gigs. You will also have the opportunity to work on film and television projects in the film studio or out on location. You will have the opportunity to work on projects with industry professionals


The Production Arts Industry

In this module you will take part in a range of sessions where you will explore the productions arts industry. This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of different roles within the production arts and how they work together as a team. As part of this module, you will explore current industry practice and procedures. You will explore employment opportunities that are available to you and will develop an understanding of the trade unions that will represent you should you go on to work professionally within the creative industries..



Personal Production Arts Profile

In this module you have the ability to choose production roles based on your specific areas of interest. You will create work that reflects your individual career goals. You will refine the skills developed in the foundation year modules and will explore ideas in your specific role. You will develop an individual project and will then create promotional material to use for your own progression into employment and will explore networking opportunities.


Collaborative Performing Arts Project 

In this module you will collaborate with others to produce all the required elements for a live or filmed event in your individual performing role of choice. You will work professionally and autonomously in your role and will demonstrate your ability in planning, writing, designing, organising, collaborating and communicating to realise a full-scale performing. In this module you will demonstrate the refined skills and knowledge developed in previous modules throughout the course.


Over the duration of your studies you will build a multimedia portfolio and logbook that tracks all of your experiences, roles and projects, and evidences your outcomes. You will reflect on how successful you have been and ear-mark those experiences which have been most useful.

At key milestones throughout the course your portfolio will be assessed by authorised assessors based at the academy.

The learning and teaching modules are assessed through four mandatory assessment units. Learners must complete all four assessment units and achieve a Pass grade or above in each assessment criterion.


MODULE D: Management Skills Development

  • D10. Developing production skills and techniques:
  • D11: Responding to production requirements and purpose
  • D12: Contributing to a production

MODULE F: The Production Arts Industry

  • F16. Planning a career in the industry


MODULE G: Personal Production Arts Profile

  • G17. Using development plans to refine skills
  • G18. Producing a personal project
  • G19. Using material for self-promotion and networking


MODULE H: Collaborative Performing Arts Project

  • H20. Undertaking defined creative or administrative role
  • H21. Using creative collaboration to develop a project
  • H22. Producing a collaborative project


BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy will equip you the fundamental knowledge and skills to progress into employment, higher education, vocational training and apprenticeships.

The BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are widely recognised by industry and universities alike as the ideal vocational training route into design, technical and management stage and screen careers.

Students who graduate BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy with this qualification will be well equipped to pursue careers in theatre, film, television, live events and other production arts related disciplines.

Following successful completion of their course students may choose to transition straight in to full time employment in entry-level specialist roles, or they may choose to secure a higher apprenticeship or even go on to university


Direct to Employment

The content, structure and assessment of this qualification have been developed in consultation with teachers, employers, professional bodies and academics to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education and, should learners choose to enter employment directly, that it is appropriate and consistent with current practice.


University and Higher Apprenticeships

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in performing arts areas before entering employment.


No, this course is fully funded by the government for BOA Stage and Screen learners.