Students from Wigan & Leigh College shadowed members of the BBC and took part in a script rehearsal with presenter David Dimbleby ahead of BBC Question Time which was recently broadcast from Wigan.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media students took part in a tour of the BBC production facilities and gained first hand work experience with camera operators, audio engineers and producers. They learned top trade tips, how the team set up for a high profile show, and were able to ask the BBC staff about their qualifications, training and how to get work experience to support them in fulfilling their ambitions.

To help David Dimbleby prepare for the political debate programme, which draws in millions of viewers, A Level Professional Honours Programme students participated in the rehearsal and provided questions for David Dimbleby to answer. He also used his sound check as an opportunity to ask the students about their studies and interest in politics.

A Level Professional Honours Programme student, Maria Babu (former pupil of Albany Academy, Chorley) is studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths and said, “It was truly an incredible opportunity to be involved in such a high profile television show such as Question Time. The BBC team were so supportive and willing to answer lots of questions about the technology used on sets and about the show. I got an amazing insight into the world of politics and television.”

Anna Dawe, Principal of Wigan & Leigh College said, “This has been an incredible opportunity for our students wishing to pursue careers within this industry. This experience has been invaluable in providing them with opportunities to inform their career aspirations as well as engaging them in current affairs.”

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