Skills for Work: Creative Industries National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Skills for Work: Creative Industries National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Qualification Information

National 5 Skills for Work: Creative Industries is an introductory qualification which develops the knowledge and skills required for employment or further study in the creative industries.

The Course covers: an Introduction to the Creative Industries, Creative Industries Skills Development, the Creative Process, and a Creative Project.

As they work through the Course, learners will gain an awareness of the opportunities and jobs in the different sectors — and they will develop transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities (eg time-keeping, appearance, customer care)
  • self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

At SCQF level 5, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the creative industries.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in the Creative Industries
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • National Courses in a range of subject areas: Art and Design, English, Dance, Drama, Media Studies, Music and Technical Theatre
  • relevant programmes in further/higher education
  • vocational training in the Creative Industries
  • employment in the Creative Industries


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Assessment in this Course is based on a range of methods including a candidate folio and practical activities. Performance evidence will be supported by assessor observation checklists and candidate reviews. Candidates will be required to carry out self-evaluation on a range of skills, review progress and identify action points as part of the assessment of employability skills.

Each Unit is supported by a NAB (National Assessment Bank item) which provides an assessment package and exemplifies the national standard.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C276 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

The Skills for Work Course in Creative Industries consists of four mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Publication of NABs

NABs are available on SQA’s secure website.

Internal Assessment Reports