Certificate in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 2

Certificate in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 2

The Certificate in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in cultural venue organisation and heritage conservation.

This qualification covers areas such as assisting with incidents and emergency procedures; and contributing to the care of a cultural venue’s premises.

This qualification is available through approved centres.

Purpose and Recognition

601/4982/6 SQA Level 2 Certificate 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 Diplomas in Cultural Heritage at QCF levels 3 and 5, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Certificate in Cultural Heritage 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


This Certificate in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 2 is included as a component in the Level 2 Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprenticeship framework.


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


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

  • Conservation Assistant: taking on responsibilities such as recording objects/making slides; writing a description/drawing; overseeing cleaning; supporting and repairing/restoring objects; hosting tours for groups; assisting at talks/presentations to amateur and professional audiences; supporting curators, developers, planners and private businesses.
  • Exhibition Guide/demonstrator: with responsibilities such as explaining displays/exhibitions to a range of audiences; telling stories that relate to the exhibition; demonstrating skills or practices (eg ancient crafts, costumes or practices); helping visitors to understand about a time in history; and to participate in making things or experiencing the past.
  • Front of House Support Staff: with responsibilities such as venue knowledge, ticket sales and exhibition group bookings; dealing with customers; supporting setting-up and servicing meetings; and setting up and maintaining systems, such as finance, staff records, visitor numbers.

Learners can also do further qualifications to build on their skills, such as Diplomas in Cultural Heritage at QCF levels 3 and 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 Certificate in Cultural Heritage at QCF level 2 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 30 credits: 6 credits from the three Mandatory Units in Group A plus a minimum of 24 credits from the Optional Units in Group B, taking into account any barred combinations.

Group Award code: GK2Y 54 (30 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/4982/6

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