National Progression Award in Film and Media 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 Film and Media at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the film sector.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of film and media together with practical, technical and transferable skills such as resource management, problem solving, planning and communication skills.

The qualification has two mandatory units:

  • Film and the Film Industry: An Introduction, and
  • Creative Project

together with optional units that range across feature writing, storytelling and the creative process, to directing, video editing and media photography.

The qualification is available through schools and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPA in Film and Media has been developed by practitioners and mapped against the National Occupational Standards developed by Creative Skillset, the sector skills council (SSC).

The NPA in Film and Media 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.

The framework of mandatory and optional units enables centres to tailor their offer to meet local needs while the small size of unit also supports flexibility — units can slot into school timetables and they are a more manageable size for employee training.    

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 provides opportunities to develop:

  • Core Skills
  • transferable skills
  • employability skills           

The NPA could be offered in one of the following modes:

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

Who does this qualification suit

The NPA is suitable for learners who are at school or who may have just left school.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Although there are no specific qualifications needed for entry to the NPA in Film and Media, it would be beneficial if the candidate had some previous experience of related subjects (for example, Media at SCQF level 4 or above).


The NPA in Film and Media provides candidates with opportunities to progress to a range of other qualifications such as the National Certificate in Creative Industries at SCQF level 6. Progression to an HNC/HND or a degree programme in a related area would be dependent on the learner’s portfolio of qualifications and/or experience. 


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

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

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

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualifications structure

Group award code: GN4A 46 (4 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Film and Media at SCQF level 6 consists of two mandatory units (2 SCQF credit points). 

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