BA (Hons) Live Events Production (top-up)

The BA (Hons) Live Events Production (Top-up) is ideal as a next step from a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent diploma in an events subject. It offers unrivalled insights into some of events most dynamic areas – live music, festivals, conferences and the corporate sector – and the opportunity to work with industry-leading practitioners.

BA (Hons) Live Events Production (top-up)

Course details

Covering most aspects of the live events industry – including live music, festivals, conferences and the corporate sector – this unique training programme aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of a range of roles in this exciting field of work. We’ll support you to enhance your existing Foundation Degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BA (Hons) Live Events Production (Top-up) graduate.

By involving some of the industry’s leading practitioners and using a broad range of industry partnerships, we ensure you have access to the most up-to-date and relevant expertise and resources. The modules have been developed in conjunction with industry experts, so you can be sure that the course is focused on enhancing your employability.

As well as engaging with a range of artistic and creative products, the course aims to help you develop an understanding of the wider industry. For example, you’ll explore the planning, licensing and permissions process that must be followed to help ensure a safe and successful event.

The course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy. Much of the course is based at Production Park in South Kirkby, home to Backstage Academy and one of Europe’s largest purpose-built rehearsal facilities.

Backstage Academy does not have a Tier 4 licence and is therefore unable to accept international students.

  • Location: Backstage Academy
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: 4F89
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • A range of industry collaborations and partnerships allow us to provide a unique range of training content supplied by leading manufacturers and practitioners.
  • The course has been designed with the help of industry practitioners to ensure graduates meet the needs of the live events production sector.
  • You can take advantage of world-class facilities, industry partnerships and opportunities to engage with industry professionals and productions.
  • Many seminars and workshops are delivered by acknowledged industry experts who are eager to pass on their years of real-world experience.
  • You may have the chance to participate in international events that in the past have included the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, a prestigious festival for theatrical and event scenographers in Europe.

Key features:

  • This course is highly distinctive as it focuses on equipping you with the skills and knowledge to produce a wide range of live music and festival events, conferences, street parades, corporate events, and parties.
  • As well as traditional lectures, seminars, examinations and tutors your learning will be enhanced with visits from a variety of experienced guest speakers. Master class seminars will be provided by industry professionals
  • The course aims to build your knowledge of live events production as well as its practical application.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate personal expression, imagination and creativity as well as develop deeper levels of interpretation, insight and originality in your work.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop your skills in collating information, identifying problems and proposing solutions.
  • Through its connection with Production Park, Backstage Academy offers unique commercial opportunities, balancing academic rigour and real-world experience in the modern live events industry.

Entry requirements

  • Location: Backstage Academy
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: 4F89
  • Duration: 1 year

Normally, you’ll possess a recognised Live Events Production or Events-related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5; for example a Diploma of Higher Education, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree in a related subject.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Career opportunities

Professional training on the creative use of entertainment technology will help prepare you for a wide variety of roles within the live events industry. The course spans a broad range of subject areas, from staging, lighting, live sound and live visuals, to event planning, concept design, entertainment networks and contemporary issues, to help you gain an all-round knowledge of the different aspects of producing a live event.

You’ll be encouraged to work on team-based projects based on typical professional briefs where you’ll develop collaborative skills. Written reports and research tasks will help deepen your knowledge and lay the foundations for progression to further study.

Completing your Honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

The Live Events Production (Top-up) course is designed to equip you with the creative and technical skills needed to succeed in the backstage sector, across music concerts, festivals, theatre, corporate and sporting events, brand activation and cruise ships – anywhere a live event takes place! Potential careers range from technical and “hands on” production (either working as crew, design, programmers or operators) through to support (working for suppliers in specifying, preparing and supplying a range of resources and services to the live events industry).

Some of the job roles include lighting technician, lighting designer, sound system engineer, production manager, live visuals engineer, video wall technician, moving light technician, pyrotechnician, site manager and stage manager.

With experience, our graduates can progress to a range of management roles – managing crew, stages, venues, productions or tours. Some graduates also choose to work as freelance engineers or set up their own business. Upon completion of your degree, you have the opportunity to progress your studies further to a range of postgraduate study options, leading to masters, research and doctoral qualifications.

Alternative career options

  • Broadcast engineering
  • Technical theatre
  • Technical sales and support
  • Teaching and education
  • Event technology
  • Acoustics
  • Event management
  • TV and film
  • Tour management
  • Safety enforcement

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £9,250-£9,250
2020/21 -£9,250£9,250

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
Useful information

Backstage Academy does not have a Tier 4 licence and is therefore unable to accept international students.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Live Events Industry Perspectives
  • Event Logistics
  • Major Project
  • Research Methods for Live Events
  • Sound Engineering Practice
  • Lighting Design Practice
  • Visual Production Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Live Events

Teaching, learning and assessment

Course content will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorial sessions. You’ll be able to learn theoretical principles and be allowed to apply these in practical contexts through both group and individual study.

The course’s assessment strategy is designed to make sure you achieve the overall aims and objectives of the programme. The strategy ensures that both individual and group assessments are used. A variety of assessment methods are employed to increase opportunities and develop your abilities. The Live Events Production programme has been developed to maximise key transferable skills and enhance employability.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (82%), Practical exams (18%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (62%), Placement/study abroad (20%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (18%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Location:
    Backstage Academy
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Enquiries Team
Backstage Academy
Telephone: +44 (0)1977 659880

Yusuf Giga
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903211