New Creative & Cultural Qualifications

New Creative & Cultural Qualifications

The way qualifications are regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is changing, which includes the removal and replacement of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Please see our FAQs document contained here.

We are proud to be taking over a suite of QCF Creative & Cultural Qualifications on behalf of Creative and Cultural Skills who approached us to take over responsibility for the delivery.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between SQA and Creative and Cultural Skills which identifies shared goals and areas for future partnership working. We will be working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for existing centres and to provide support during the changeover. We aim to become the awarding body of choice of the creative industries and are keen to continue to support this vibrant sector and industry across the UK.

We have been working successfully with Creative & Cultural Skills to offer some of the equivalent qualifications in Scotland and are pleased to be extending our provision in this area.

We are pleased to announce that SQA have approved our proposal to award a suite of creative and cultural qualifications which have been earmarked for withdrawal recently by EDI/Pearson.

Appointment of a new awarding body for apprenticeships

We will be working closely with SQA to ensure a seamless transition for our customers.

We are keen to continue to work with SQA in the future as a trusted partner who supports the creative and cultural sector.

Dawn Hillier, Head of Qualifications

Creative & Cultural Skills

Please follow the links below to take you to specific QCF Creative and Cultural pages.


When will these qualifications be available?

The suite of SQA Creative and Cultural Awards, Certificates, Diplomas and NVQ Certificates and NVQ Diplomas at QCF Levels 2 and 3 will be available from 1 Dec 2014.

How can I offer these Qualifications?

The SQA approvals process explains how to become an SQA approved centre
Initial approval involves centre approval and approval to offer your first qualification

What Support Materials are available?

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications will be available on SQA's secure website.
These will be available from your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator.
For further information, please contact

What Funding is available?

Initiatives such as the Creative Employment Programme funded by the Arts Council England are available to provide wage subsidy grants to help creative employers with the costs of employing an apprentice.

Who can support me?

Meet your dedicated UK Business Development team.
It's simple and straightforward to get in touch with your dedicated support team by phone, e-mail or online.

T: 0303 333 0330
Office opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday with the exception of Local and Bank Holidays.

Useful Links

Qualification content and delivery tools

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact


These NVQ Diplomas are a mandatory component in the Level 3 Apprenticeship. 

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship

  • Construction Technical (England) CITB Level 3
  • Construction Technical and Professional (Wales) Level 3,4,6 CITB

Assessment strategy

Learner Guidance and Portfolio