Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector

Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector

The Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector at QCF level 2 will develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to work in costume and wardrobe, community arts, technical theatre, live events and music business.

This qualification covers understanding the creative and cultural industry; principles of developing creative and cultural ideas; and keeping up to date with trends and developments within the arts.

It also includes how to support the planning of live events, understanding the music industry, and the principles of technical and production developments in the live arts.

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 the Certificate in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector at QCF Level 3, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector 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 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector at QCF level 2 is included as a component in the following apprenticeship frameworks:


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


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

Community Arts

  • Community Arts Administration Assistant: taking on roles such as helping to organise and publicise events and exhibitions; assisting with financial record keeping; customer care; dealing with touring and resident artists/ groups/ bands/orchestras; assisting with the management of the building; and general office work including using a range of IT software.


Costume and Wardrobe

  • Costume/Wardrobe Assistant: with responsibilities such as supporting assembling, making and altering clothes for actors and assisting them to dress; helping cutters; searching for hired costumes and accessories; helping with cleaning, washing and ironing of costumes; and keeping records of accessories.


Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations

  • Front of House or Administration Support staff: with responsibilities such as venue knowledge, ticket sales, and exhibition group bookings; dealing with customers; supporting setting-up and servicing meetings; setting-up and maintaining systems such as finance, staff records and visitor numbers.
  • Visitor Services Support: with responsibilities such as meeting and talking to customers; explaining displays and exhibits; demonstrating skills or practices (eg ancient crafts, costumes or practices); and helping customers.


Live Events and Promotion

  • Venue and Stage Crew Support: with responsibilities such as supporting the team to load in, break down and load out equipment for a live event; and safely supporting the set-up of the stage, instruments, sound and lighting for the live event.
  • Event Promotion Support Staff: with responsibilities such as supporting publicity activities and contributing to the production and distribution of publicity for live events; assisting in the production of press releases; and presenting live event ticket sales information.
  • Booking Agents Assistant: with responsibilities such as supporting the setting-up of live events for artists and providing administrative support for indoor and outdoor events.


Music Business

  • Marketing / Promotions Assistant or Assistant Publicist: with responsibilities such as supporting the promotional activities and marketing campaigns in the music industry by utilising social media and social networks; and providing administrative support to teams.


Technical Theatre

  • Assistant Lighting Technician: under supervision, installing all electrical equipment for a live performance; setting-up stage electrics and effects; checking electrical equipment; and providing support during the live performance. This role involves some working at height: focusing and rigging.
  • Board/Console Operator: with responsibilities such as supporting the lighting designer to program (or plot) the control system (board); and operating either the light board or audio mixing console during a live performance. In some venues, assistant technicians may also operate the board (console).
  • Followspot Operator: carries out many of the tasks of an assistant lighting technician and operates the followspot during a live performance. This role involves working at height, using access equipment.
  • Lighting Maintenance Technician: uses tools and equipment for construction and maintenance within in a venue; and carries out all maintenance duties safely. In some venues, an assistant electrician may be also required to perform maintenance duties.


Learners can also do further qualifications to build on their skills, such as Certificate in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector at QCF level 3 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 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector at QCF level 2 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 10 credits; 5 credits from the two Mandatory Units in Group A plus a minimum of 5 credits from one of the pathways.

Group Award code: GK30 62 (10 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/4926/7

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

Assessment Strategy

Creative and Cultural Skills Assessment Principles (234 KB)