Certificate Community Arts Administration

Certificate Community Arts Administration

The Certificate in Community Arts Administration at QCF level 2 will develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to work in community arts, technical theatre and live events.

This qualification covers areas such as giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation; keeping up to date with developments in the arts; and working in a team.

This qualification is available through approved centres.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.

Learners can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Certificate in Community Arts Administration at QCF Level 2 can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

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

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


This Certificate in Community Arts Administration at QCF Level 2 is included as a component in the Level 2 Community Arts Administration Apprenticeship Framework.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Learners who have achieved the Certificate can progress to job roles relating to their chosen pathways.

  • Community Arts Administration Assistant: taking on roles such as helping to organise and publicise events and exhibitions; assisting with financial record keeping; customer care; dealing with touring and resident artists/ groups/ bands/orchestras; assisting with the management of the building; and general office work including using a range of IT software.

Learners can also do further qualifications to build on their skills, such as the Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3, level 3 Certificates in Theatre Operations, or a Foundation degree, HNC/D or a degree.


Centres 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

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The Certificate in Community Arts Administration at QCF level 2 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 26 credits: 11 credits from the three Mandatory Units in Group A; 9 credits from the Optional Units in Group B; and the remaining 6 credits from the Optional Units in either Group B or Group C.

Group Award code: GK2L 54 (11 QCF credit points)

Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/5014/2

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.


Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit and Assessment 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 mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment Strategy

Creative and Cultural Skills Assessment Principles (234 KB)