ADA training - stage

ADA’s Level 3 course in Audio Description Skills (Stage) is the recommended training route for all describers working in professional theatre. It aims to equip learners with the core skills and knowledge required to describe theatre and other forms of live entertainment.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 who has:

● the ability to summarise information accurately and objectively
● a good command of the English language
● a clear and pleasant speaking voice
● good sight and hearing
● the ability to work as a team
● and successfully completes a pre-course interview and/or audition tasks

The course is run over 5 x 7 days within a time span of four to six weeks. It also involves an additional 25 hours of home study and theatre work between sessions. Either one or two trainers delivers the course (depending on the number of learners) with input from a blind or partially sighted advisor during some of the teaching sessions and live assessment tasks.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that the Audio Description Association has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by the Audio Description Association to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualifications refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales

Maximum no. of learners per course:   6 

Fee for individuals:  £925 per learner. No VAT

Fee for venues commissioning a course:

5-6 learners (delivered by 2 trainers) £5550 per course. No VAT 

2-4 learners (delivered by 1 trainer) £2750-£3750 per course, depending on numbers. No VAT

The fee for venues excludes venue/equipment hire charges.

For further information, contact ADA’s Training Coordinator: