HNC Community Arts candidate information

HNC Community Arts

The HNC Community Arts will equip you with technical and vocational skills and knowledge that will help you to get a job as a community arts worker or similar position in local authorities, festival organisations or art projects. You will develop an awareness of how expressive arts can enhance communities, and will develop skills in empowering others to achieve. You will learn about safe working practices and health and safety issues, and gain an awareness of national and local arts policies and community initiatives.

You will plan, organise, deliver and evaluate community arts activities, projects, workshops and events, integrating different skills in a set timeframe. This will give you an understanding of interdisciplinary connections between specialist community arts areas. You will also extend and develop your expressive arts, organisational, communication and interpersonal abilities.

Your reflective practice and critical thinking will be extended, and you will also develop your study, research, planning, developing and evaluating skills. You will have an understanding of engaging with communities, as well as developing non-judgemental attitudes and approaches.

Employment and progression opportunities

You might go on to employment in the Community Arts (and related areas) as an Assistant Arts Worker, Community Artist, Support Worker, or Youth Worker.

The most common progression route from the HNC is to Year 1 or 2 of related degree programmes. You should check directly with the HE establishments before choosing your options — Unit credits that count towards entry requirements can vary.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre, but you should be able to demonstrate competence in an arts or community related area. Examples of appropriate formal qualifications include:

  • SQA NQ Units and courses at SCQF level 5 or 6 in areas such as Music, Art and Design, Dance and/or Drama
  • NQ expressive arts courses, eg NQ Acting and Performance, HN Art and Design, NQ Music Performance, NQ Dance
  • Equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies

You may be accepted if you have suitable work experience in a relevant environment if the centre believes that you are likely to benefit from the award

You will likely be invited for interview to discuss your suitability and to establish if the course will allow you to meet your own objectives. The format of the interview can be customised to suit you, eg by telephone if you live a distance from the centre.