A foundation degree in Live Performance Technical Production delivered by Newcastle College University Centre (NCUC) is the latest to be awarded Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) status, in a boost for graduates and employers.

From 2025, the University Centre’s Foundation Degree in Live Performance Technical Production will be an approved HTQ, quality marked by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

HTQ status is a prestigious quality mark that confirms a Level 4 or 5 qualification meets the needs of employers and learners, and forms part of the government’s focus on skills for jobs and higher technical education.

This is the seventh HTQ to be approved at NCUC. It joins other qualifications currently on offer in subjects including Health, Sport, Business, Childcare, and Digital Technology.

The Live Performance Technical Production degree has been created in conjunction with a team of experts, giving students an industry-approved path to becoming a live event technician.

The course provides learners with the skills, knowledge and experience of processes within live sound and lighting for live events, theatre processes, moving image and video conferencing.

The course is also “industry integrated” which means students get the opportunity to work in internal and external regional music and theatre venues in the Live Across Newcastle season of events. Curated by The Performance Academy in collaboration with a range of regional venues and company partners, this opportunity ensures graduates are ready to go straight into employment in the industry.

Connor Herron, Head of Higher Education at NCUC said: “I’m so proud that another one of our foundation degrees has been awarded the HTQ status. It demonstrates that studying at Newcastle College University Centre gives students the tools, knowledge - and most importantly - industry experience to succeed in their chosen career."

Find out more about HTQs at Newcastle College University Centre