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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Theatre and Performance Technology

UCAS Code: W461
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Drama
Student score
86% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19.3k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Two A-Levels at grade C. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma – Merit, Pass, Pass

UCAS tariff points

Minimum of five GCSEs grade C (these should normally include Maths and English Language). For applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications, we will consider the new grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C. Minimum of 64 UCAS points is normally required. This equates to: * Two A-Levels at grade C. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted * BTEC Extended Diploma – Merit, Pass, Pass * BTEC Diploma – Merit, Merit We accept all equivalent UK and overseas qualifications including Advanced Diplomas, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, European, International and Welsh Baccalaureate, Abitur, Vitnemål and SAT/ACT.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 64 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Performance and entertainment technology plays a key role in the live arts, from traditional theatre to music festivals, corporate events and cruise ships. On our programme you learn the ropes of the back-stage industry in the theatre. Once you have mastered all aspects of technical theatre, including lighting, live sound, stage management, prop buying and making, construction and AV, you can apply these skills to wider areas of media, arts and event production. Our varied range of performances (including music gigs, dance and theatre productions) provides ample opportunities to put your learning into practice. So, through a largely theatre-based training you develop a broad range of practical knowledge that equips you with transferable skills enabling you to thrive across the entire performing arts sector. Average places available: Up to 28 each year LIPA is a member of Drama UK Accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)


Year 1: CAD & Essential Production Skills, The Context 1, Design & Construction Skills, Essential Lighting (TPT), Essential Sound, Essential Stage Management, The Professional 1. Year 2: The Context 2, The Placement, Production Management, Production Process, The Professional 2, Vocational Skills Project 1&2. Year 3: 21st Century Venue, The Assistant, Context 3, The Professional 3, Vocational Practice. http://www.lipa.ac.uk/content/Courses/UndergraduateCourses2/BAHonsTheatreandPerformanceTechnology/ModuleInformation_20090511112128.aspx

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

A Student Play

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by our lead patrons Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty and is housed in his old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts institution you'll see today.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 86% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
328 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
96% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19.3k HIGH
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Graduates who are design occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.
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