Creative and Digital Media

Creative and Digital Media

The Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF level 7 is a work-based qualification that will allow learners to demonstrate their aptitude in creative and digital media.

This Diploma includes areas such as production, radio, social media/marketing communications and video journalism. More specifically, it covers presenting ideas and information to others in the creative industries, working effectively with others, developing own professional practice, and working with digital media. In addition, it includes managing and marketing yourself as a freelancer and ensuring your own actions reduce risks to health and safety in a creative industry environment.

This qualification is supported by the Scottish Government and is also part of a Modern Apprenticeship for Digital and Creative Media. Various representatives from the creative and digital media industry were also involved in the development of the diploma. It is made up of Units which are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by Creative Skillset.

It is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF level 7 is a new qualification developed for the growing media sector.

The qualification is supported by the Scottish Government and is part of a Modern Apprenticeship for Digital and Creative Media.

The  Diploma is made up of Units which are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by Creative Skillset — the Sector Skills Council and government-recognised standards-setting body for the creative industries. Creative Skillset works across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications.

The qualification enables the learner to demonstrate both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence in a variety of media and creative skills.

The competence-based Units specify the standard of performance an individual must achieve to be deemed competent. Learners undertaking this qualification must be employed in a suitable work role that will allow them to generate the evidence for the Diploma. 

Candidates can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including HNC/D Creative Industries: Television; HNC/D Creative Industries: Radio; or HNC/D Creative Industries: Media and Communication — allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

The Unit-based structure aids flexibility with learners generating the required evidence naturally through their current job role. In addition, learners can work through the Units at their own pace. 

Who does this qualification suit

The main target audience for the Diploma in Creative and Digital Media is those currently employed as apprentices in the creative industries sector. However, the Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF level 7 is suitable for a range of people:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employers who wish their employees to obtain a recognised qualification  

Access

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification; however, learners must be employed in a suitable position to allow them to generate the evidence for the qualification.

Progression

The level 7 Diploma is a work-based qualification which could provide progression to:

Approval

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

As this Diploma is based on NOS, the assessment is governed by Creative Skillset’s ‘Principles of assessment for use with SVQs and competency-based qualifications in the SCQF (135 KB)'.

Learners gather evidence of their performance through normal workplace activity, in line with the requirements of the Diploma. This evidence will be assessed using usual workplace assessment methods, such as use of portfolios/e-portfolios; observation; examining of work products; testimonial evidence from witnesses; personal statements, accreditation of prior learning, etc.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GJ3D 47

The Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF level 7 consists of six mandatory Units and six optional Units selected from a range of 23 Units.

For further information on the structure and units making up this qualifications please refer to the Qualification Structure (80 KB)

Modern Apprenticeships

The Diploma in Creative and Digital Media SCQF level 7 is a mandatory component of the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media Level 3.

There are opportunities to develop the following Core Skills through the achievement of the Diploma:

Unit Title SCQF Level Unit Code
Core Skills: Communication 5 F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy 4 F42A 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology 5 F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving 5 F42K 04
Core Skills: Working With Others  5 F42P 04

The Core Skills do not require separate certification for achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship.  Creative Skillset has provided a detailed mapping to the Diploma in Creative and Digital Media.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

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