Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 3

Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 3

The Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 3 will develop knowledge and skills in cultural venue organisation and heritage conservation.

This qualification includes taking responsibility for work in a creative and cultural context and maintaining competence for work in the creative and cultural sector.

This qualification is available through approved centres.

Purpose and Recognition

601/4983/8 SQA Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage (QCF)

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 Cultural Heritage at QCF level 5, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Diploma in Cultural Heritage 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 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 Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 3 is not currently included as a component in an Apprenticeship.


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.

  • Assistant Archivist: with responsibilities such as supporting acquisition of records and documents for preservation; assisting with cataloguing and indexing; developing knowledge regarding the use/interpretation of material; assisting at exhibitions and events; and researching grant opportunities.
  • Assistant Exhibition Organiser: with responsibilities such as assisting planning, project management and maintenance of exhibition and displays; supporting laying out, hanging and interpreting objects; and liaising with other staff, such as lead project content curator and publicity staff.
  • Museum Assistant: with responsibilities such as working in a wide range of museums (from small, local and family collections to large, interactive visitor attractions); and customer service (welcoming visitors, providing information and answering their questions).
  • Assistant Museum/Art Gallery Curator: with responsibilities such as working with others who catalogue and promote collections; researching; assisting with storing and cleaning items in a collection; and supporting organising exhibitions and displays.

They can also do further qualifications to build on their skills, such as Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 5, 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 Diploma in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 3 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 60 credits: 18 credits from the four Mandatory Core Units in Group A plus a minimum of 42 credits from one Pathway only, taking account of any barred combinations.

Group Award code: GK3T 57 (60 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/4983/8

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

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 mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment Strategy