Level 2 Certificate in Theatre Support: Costume and Wardrobe

Level 2 Certificate in Theatre Support: Costume and Wardrobe

SQA code: GK2N54
Ofqual code:  601/5124/9
Total Qualification Time: 225
Guided Learning Hours: 161
Credit value: 23

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as assisting in assembling, making and altering clothes for actors and performers, helping them to dress, and assisting cutters with pattern developments.

Learners can specialise in working backstage within theatre support (costume and wardrobe).

This qualification has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

It may be available through employers, training providers and colleges in England.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a worker/volunteer in junior roles within theatre operations, or as a junior costume designer, maker or cutter.

As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills required for the day to day operations of a theatre costume and wardrobe department

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 23 credits. They must complete five mandatory units plus three optional units from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners with no prior experience
  • apprentices
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects as a volunteer or junior role within theatre operations costume and wardrobe

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals who are employed or are volunteering in technical theatre.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Level 2 Technical Theatre: Costume and Wardrobe Apprenticeship in England (as detailed in SASE).


Learners may progress from the Level 2 in Theatre Support: Costume and Wardrobe to a Level 3 Certificate in Theatre Operations: Costume and Wardrobe.

The Level 2 Certificate in Theatre Support: Costume and Wardrobe can lead to employment within the theatre industry as a costume/wardrobe assistant helping to source, store and maintain the hire and bespoke costumes used in theatre productions.

Learners could also progress to the role of a dresser responsible for a list of cast members to dress and change, including studying the script and scenes to work out precise routines for transition from one look to the next.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 15) and three optional units (credit value 10).

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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