National 4 Skills for Work: Creative Digital Media (SCQF level 4)

National 4 Creative Digital Media

Qualification Information

National 4 Skills for Work: Creative Digital Media is an introductory qualification that develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the creative digital media industry.

Learners will gain an awareness of development and production processes in the industry: starting with awareness-raising experiences, moving through creative and technical requirements and considerations, and culminating in the experience of a mixed-media production project.

Throughout the Course they will also develop transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee¿s responsibilities (eg time-keeping, appearance, customer care)
  • self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

At SCQF level 4, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support. 

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the creative digital media area.
There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

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

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to Creative Digital Media
  • trainees who are preparing to enter employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • National Courses in Media Studies
  • National Certificates or Units in Digital Media Computing
  • relevant programmes in further education colleges
  • vocational training
  • employment


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority 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

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Candidate assessment will be based on a range of practical activities, supported by assessor observation checklists and the self-checking of quality by the candidates. Candidates will also undertake self-evaluation on the range of employability skills, reviewing their progress, taking comments from others and identifying action points.

Each Unit is supported by a NAB (National Assessment Bank item) which provides an assessment package and exemplifies the national standard.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C264 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Creative Digital Media at SCQF level 4 consists of four mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Internal Assessment Reports

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