We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Production Arts (Stage Management) at Andover College is like. Scroll down to have a look through at our current outstanding students in full swing. Then try your hand at the Creative Production Challenge to help bring a story and characters to life!   

If you have any questions about our courses please get in touch, email -AskPerforming@sparsholt.ac.uk

Check out the pictures of all the trips and extra-curriculum activities our students get to experience along with all the help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

Meet your lecturer!

About the course 

Stage Management courses at Andover College are designed for those who love theatre and want to take an active role in bringing creative ideas to life. You will get opportunities in lighting, sound, props, set and the back stage operations required for live performance. 

The Stage Management department has put together some activities for you to give you an introduction of the type of activities you would take part in at the college. Take a look at the Creative Production Challenge below.

Creative Production Challenge!


The Stage Management department has provided a variety of suggestions for which theatre piece you could focus on including Twelfth Night and Blues Brothers, however, feel free to widen the field and choose your favourite production! 

Make sure you check out the National Theatre YouTube channel for weekly live streams of noteworthy performances including Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night and  the Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure of mutiny, money and murder Treasure island!

The National theatre has also produced a variety of workbooks for those interested in studying the plays in greater detail at home! Have a look below...

New Activity!

Stage Management Activity: Puppetry

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more about the various topics you will study as a Production Arts student at Andover College? Please take a look at the additional resources and activities below.

Video recommendations: 

  • Designing Theatre: The Comedy of Errors - here. 
  • Wicked Stage Management - This video explored behind the scenes at Wicked focusing on the stage management, there are also other videos related to this focusing on other backstage elements, such as lighting and sound - here. 
  • Subscribe to Theatre Planet to stay up-to-date on this exciting industry - here. 

Prefer reading? Take a look at these recommendations from the Stage Management department: 

  • This article focuses on The Art Stage Management and what it means to be a stage manager - here. 
  • This book provides an introduction to a wide variety of Production Art fields - here. 

The Open University has a variety of free courses available online in a range of subjects. Take a look at the full catalogue here. 

Student work 

At Andover we are proud of our diverse range of styles and professional workshops that take place throughout the year. As a Performing Arts students you will develop your skills in acting, singing and dancing. Our expert lecturers will also help to prepare you for any auditions you may achieve when looking to take the next steps in your career. 

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Our Courses: 

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/National Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts (Stage Management) (2 years)

BTEC National Foundation Diploma/National Extended Diploma in production Arts (Stage Management) (1-2 Years)

BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma/National Diploma in Production Arts (Stage Management) (1-2 Years)

Explore our campus including our Dance Workshops, 1803 Performing Arts Theatre and Stage Management Workshop!

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Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We also have at the college Romeo our therapy dog! Romeo is part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to wellbeing provision for students. Romeo is based on campus with his owner throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. 


Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Regularly throughout the academic year the Department of Performing Arts produces a newsletter to all students across the college - check out an example of this!


At Andover College we give our students the opportunity to explore their subject in the wider world and look beyond just college study into a bright and fruitful career ahead! The Performing Arts Department regularly arrange workshops with local experts and professionals as well as trips to the local and National Theatre! 

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Open Events

Learn more about Andover College at our next Open Event!

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