Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage

SQA code: GK2Y 54 
Ofqual code: 601/4982/6
Total Qualification Time: 299
Guided Learning Hours: 143
Credit value: 30

The Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage is a competence-based qualification. Learners will gain and confirm the knowledge and skills required to enter or progress into a variety of junior/support roles within the cultural heritage sector.

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 Certificate in Cultural Heritage 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.


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 Certificate in the Cultural Heritage requires the learner to complete 3 mandatory units with a value of 6 credits and a minimum of 24 credits from optional units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools)

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

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GK2Y 54 
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/4982/6
The Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage requires the learner to complete 3 mandatory units with a value of 6 credits and a minimum of 24 credits from optional units 
Please refer to the qualification structure for more information.

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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.

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.

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