Technical Theatre HNC

UCAS code 144W

What is special about this course?

Throughout Scotland there is a vibrant and diverse performance and event culture. The HNC Technical Theatre aims to address the growing industry demand for well-trained, capable individuals to provide technical support to the cultural sector in performance venues and for various event activities.

The course is rich and diverse in its scope providing broad hands-on experience in all the associated technical disciplines. A major component of the HNC is work experience with established venues across the region. 

Special features

  • Our links with key industry stakeholders such as the Federation of Scottish Theatres and the Association of British Theatre Technicians will ensure you develop the skills that are in demand in this dynamic world-wide sector
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake placements with local venues and events
  • Successful completion will give you an nationally recognised qualification


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience may be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - HNC

Subjects may include:

  • Stage Management
  • Stage Lighting: Rigging, Focusing and Operation
  • Technical Theatre: Sound
  • Set Construction and Painting
  • Stage Audio Visual Systems
  • Health and Safety

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, practical hands-on activities and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 Year

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your HNC Technical Theatre, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Stage/floor management
  • Set design
  • Audio engineering
  • Light engineering
  • AV support

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course you may progress to the HND Technical Theatre and Production Arts.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Technical Theatre HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.