Level 2 Award in Principles of the Cultural Heritage Sector

Level 2 Award in Principles of the Cultural Heritage Sector

SQA code: GK32 62
Ofqual code: 601/5100/6
Total Qualification Time: 110
Guided Learning Hours: 78
Credit value: 11

The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Cultural Heritage Sector will develop knowledge and understanding of the creative and cultural industry together with the skills needed to deliver effective customer service.

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.

 

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who have no prior experience of the cultural industry.

Its primary purpose is to develop the learner’s occupational competence in this field so that they can gain employment or work towards another qualification (see Progression).

This qualification delivers the underpinning knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard for the role and so provides a sound basis for working in the industry. 

Objectives

The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • preparing learners to progress to another qualification
  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning

What does this qualification cover?

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

The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Cultural Heritage Sector requires the learner to complete all three mandatory units in Group A to achieve a total of 11 credits.

Who is this qualification for?

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

Entry

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

Apprenticeships

This Level 2 Award in Principles of the Creative Heritage Sector is included as a component in the Level 2 Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprenticeship framework.

Progression

Learners who have achieved the Award can progress to job roles relating to
their chosen pathways. For example, learners could seek employment as a conservation assistant, exhibition guide/demonstrator or front of house support staff.

Learners can also undertake further qualifications to build on their skills, such as: the Level 3 Certificate in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector, the Level 3 Certificate in Cultural Venue Operations, a Foundation degree, HNC/D, a university degree.

What approvals are needed?

Centres 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.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The Level 2 Award in Principles of the Cultural Heritage Sector requires the learner to complete all three mandatory units in Group A to achieve a total of 11 credits. Please refer to the qualification structure for more information.

 

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

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.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

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.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle