NPA Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF level 6

NPA Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF level 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to technologies, processes and practices that are important in the creative and digital technology sector.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of processes and disciplines in the creative industries sector; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills.

This qualification covers areas such as: career paths, job roles and the responsibilities of those working within the creative industries; the generic skills and attitudes valued by employers; storytelling techniques (traditional and emerging techniques); the key elements of the creative process (media platforms, media commissioning, audience research and legal controls); and the structure and language of creative briefs and how they can be interpreted.

The qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Purpose of this qualification

NPAs are trusted because they are developed by practitioners from industry and are supported by the relevant sector skills council (SSC). The NPA in Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices was developed in partnership with Creative Skillset and employers. Creative Skillset is the SSC for the creative industries.

The NPA in Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF level 6 offers current, fit-for-purpose, bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. New skills can be gained quickly and cost-effectively.

NPAs provide opportunities for partnership delivery that can provide benefits for partners and increase options for learners.

NPAs can add value and breadth to a CV for a learner by developing vocational skills.

This NPA covers SCQF levels 5 and 6 allowing clear progression and development routes to:

  • further and higher education
  • employment

This NPA provides opportunities to develop:

  • Core Skills transferable skills
  • employability skills           

If the NPA is being offered as part of the Foundation Apprenticeship, it is expected that learners will complete the NPA in S5 or S6.

If offered as a stand-alone qualification, the NPA could be undertaken in one of the following modes:

  • full-time (eg as a fast-track into full a NC or HN programme)
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • evening provision

Recognition, progression and further information

Who does this qualification suit

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or have just left school
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is recommended that learners entering the level 6 NPA have some previous experience of subjects related to the creative industries (for example, English at SCQF level 4 or above, and any Art and Design or Media subject).

Learners without prior qualifications may be able to demonstrate their prior skills and knowledge they have developed through course work/ work experience or voluntary activities.


This NPA is a mandatory component in the Level 6 Creative and Digital Media Foundation Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • Work effectively with others in the Creative Industries (H6NX 04)
  • Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risks to Health and Safety (FA8G 04)
  • Communicating Using Digital Marketing/Sales Channels (H6PG 04)
  • Use Digital and Social Media in Marketing Campaigns (H6PH 04)
  • Media Project (F57P 12)


The level 6 NPA could provide progression to:

  • the Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6
  • NC in Creative Industries at SCQF level 6
  • A range of Modern Apprenticeships in the creative industries, for example:
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Creative Digital Media at SCQF level 7
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Creative & Cultural at SCQF level 6
  • a variety of HNC/HNDs in Creative Industries. For example:
  • HNC/HND Creative Industries: Television
  • HNC/HND Radio
  • HNC/HND Journalism
  • employment in the creative and digital media sector (with further study or experience)

What approvals are needed

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

Centres without devolved authority must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Section 6.6 of the Group Award Specification document provides information on the resources needed to deliver this qualification.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GM16 46 (30 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units (30 SCQF credit points). 

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion. 

Group Award Specification