Diploma Community Arts Management

Diploma Community Arts Management

The Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3 will develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to art projects and developments in the arts.

This qualification covers areas such as:

  • managing your own performance in a business environment
  • assisting in developing, delivering and evaluating projects
  • generating ideas for community arts projects; and keeping up to date with developments in the arts.

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, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3 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 learners, over the age of 16, 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

It may be of interest to those already working in the industry, for example, as Community Arts Administration Assistants who are responsible for helping to organise and publicise events and exhibitions, assist with financial record keeping, customer care, dealing with touring and resident groups/bands/orchestras, assisting with the management of the building and general office work.

It may also be of interest to learners who have already completed the Level 2 Certificate or Intermediate Apprenticeship in Community Arts Administration.


This Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3 is included as a component in the Level 3 Community Arts Administration Apprenticeship Framework.

Learners may wish to do this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship, or on its own.   If learners complete this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship they will be required to undergo additional training, over and above the core qualification, in areas including employment rights and responsibility and/or English and maths.

They may wish to consider taking this qualification outside of the Apprenticeship framework:

  • to maximise their employment opportunities within this sector, as not all employers offer Apprenticeship places for this particular job role
  • the full Apprenticeship may not be relevant to those who are already in employment but wish to gain recognition and/or certification of their skills
  • if they meet the entry requirements to take the qualification but not those required for the apprenticeship route


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


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

  • Community Arts Administrator: with responsibilities such as assisting with the efficient running of the organisation to ensure that the local community benefits from a range of arts programmes; assisting with the recruitment of administrators, artist services, maintenance and security; and customer relationships and book keeping
  • Into a management role in any of the creative and cultural industries
  • Into a different role e.g. theatre technician to production, or cultural venue
  • Working with the community in other roles such as theatre and community leader

For those who wish to continue their development of skills and qualifications beyond Level 3, opportunities may exist to undertake higher level qualifications such as:

  • higher qualifications in business or customer service
  • other qualifications relevant to music and creative industries, e.g. music, art and design
  • Foundation Degrees in Management and Leadership, creative and cultural industries or a range of community theatre and arts programmes
  • general or vocational qualifications related to or relevant for the creative and cultural industries
  • BA Honours Degrees such as Entrepreneurship for the creative and cultural industries


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 Diploma in Community Arts Management at QCF level 3 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 39 credits: 22 credits from the five Mandatory Units in Group A plus a minimum of 11 credits from the Optional Units in Group B. The remaining 6 credits may be achieved from Group B or Group C. If learners take Units from Group C, only one Unit can come from each of the Groups C1 and C2 (a maximum of 6 credits).

Group Award Code: GK2K 57 (39 QCF credit points)

Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/5090/7

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