Certificate in Libraries Archives and Information Services

Certificate in Libraries Archives and Information Services

The Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services at QCF level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as digital resourcing, accessing information, and locating information and organisations.

This qualification includes understanding the libraries, archives and information services environment; creating and maintaining a user-focused environment; and helping users to obtain access to information and/or material.

It also covers issuing information and/or material; locating and replacing information and/or material; supporting users to make use of digital resources; and protecting, securing and copying information and/or material.

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 Libraries, Archives and Information Services at QCF level 3, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services 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

Apprenticeships

This Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services at QCF level 2 is included as a component in the Level 2 Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Management Services Apprenticeship Framework.

Access

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

Progression

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

  • Information Assistant: with responsibilities such as promoting access to information, resources, materials and facilities.
  • Library Assistant: with responsibilities such as acquiring information, resources, materials and facilities for the information service.
  • Archive Assistant: with responsibilities such as retaining and securing access to information, resources, materials and facilities.
  • Records Assistant: with responsibilities such as providing access to information systems, resources, materials and facilities.
  • Search Room Assistant: with responsibilities such as complying with policies and legislation.
  • Learning Support Assistant: with responsibilities such as assisting customers to obtain information, resources, materials and facilities.
  • Productions Assistant: with responsibilities such as engaging customers in the development of the information service.

Learners can also do further qualifications to build on their skills, such as information and library studies, information management and librarianship, or a Foundation degree, HNC/D or a degree.

Approval

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 Libraries, Archives and Information Services at QCF level 2 requires the learner to achieve the 30 credits from the eight Mandatory Units.

Group Award code: GK13 54 (30 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/4922/X

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)