Diploma in Community Arts Management at SCQF level 6

Diploma in Community Arts Management at SCQF level 6

The Diploma in Community Arts Management at SCQF level 6 provides learners with a qualification that demonstrates both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence, which they can use to seek employment or to progress to further study.

It covers areas such as community arts projects, performing in a business environment, supporting public relations, and marketing activities.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Community Arts Management at SCQF level 6 is specifically designed for the growing theatre sector.

Supported by the Scottish Government, this competence-based qualification is part of the Modern Apprenticeships frameworks.

This qualification is based on the most recent National Occupational Standards, defined by Creative and Cultural Skills the Sector Skills Council (SSC).

Candidates can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including the Higher National Certificate in Technical Theatre at SCQF level 7.

The Diploma can be offered within a workplace environment. It can also be assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

Who does this qualification suit

This Diploma is suitable for:

  • those interested in community arts management 
  • learners who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • people who wish to start their own business
  • employers who wish their employees to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Technical Theatre or a related area
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the theatre sector, perhaps in management or operations


Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Assessment Strategy.

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be through a series of practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GJ36 46

The Diploma in Community Arts Management at SCQF level 6 consists of five mandatory Units and five optional Units.

Please refer to the Qualification Structure (78 KB) for details on the Units making up this qualification.  

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Modern Apprenticeship

This Diploma is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Creative Modern Apprenticeship

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit title SCQF 5
Core Skills: Communication F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy


Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

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