Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector

Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector

SQA code: GK30 62
Ofqual code: 601/4926/7
Total Qualification Time: 100
Guided Learning Hours: 78
Credit value: 10

The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector will develop knowledge and skills of the creative and cultural industry, and help learners to understand the principles of developing creative and cultural ideas. Learners can specialise in how to support the planning of live events, understanding the music industry, and the principles of technical and production developments in the live arts.

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

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges. It is currently offered in England.


Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector 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 supporting role within areas such as: community arts administration, costume and wardrobe, cultural and heritage venue operations, music business (marketing and promotion), and technical theatre (lighting, sound and stage).

As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes 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 

What does this qualification cover?

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

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 10 credits. They must complete 2 mandatory units plus 1 mandatory and 1 optional unit from the chosen pathway within the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • school leavers
  • adults returning to education
  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects


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

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals who are employed or seeking employment in a junior/introductory position within the Creative and Cultural Sector.


The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector is a component in the following apprenticeship frameworks:

  • Level 2 Community Arts Administration
  • Level 2 Costume and Wardrobe
  • Level 2 Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations
  • Music Business (Marketing and Promotion)
  • Technical Theatre: Lighting, Sound and Stage

Apprenticeships in England (as detailed in SASE)


The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector can lead to employment within the creative and cultural industry. For example, learners could seek employment in one of the following areas, depending on their chosen pathway.

Community arts

Community arts administration assistant — taking on duties 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 and wardrobe assistant — with responsibilities such as: supporting assembling, making and altering clothes for actors and assisting them to dress; helping the cutter; 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 promotions

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; safely supporting publicity activities; 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 and promotions assistant or assistant in publicity — 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 programme (or plot) the control systems (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 a venue and carries out all maintenance duties safely.  In some venues, an electrical assistant may also be required to perform maintenance duties.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 2 mandatory units (credit value 5), a further 1 mandatory unit within the chosen pathway, and 1 optional unit (up to a minimum credit value 5).

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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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