Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management

SQA code: GK2K 57
Ofqual code: 601/5090/7
Total Qualification Time: 390
Guided Learning Hours: 233
Credit value: 39

The Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management will develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to art projects and developments in the arts.

To ensure the Diploma meets the needs of the industry, it 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

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.

This Diploma offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.

Learners can progress to a range of courses at a higher level, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.


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?

This qualification covers areas such as:

  • managing individual performance in a business environment
  • assisting in developing, delivering and evaluating projects
  • generating ideas for community arts projects; and keeping up to date with developments in the arts

Who is this qualification for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management is suitable for a wide range of learners 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


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.


This Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management is included as a component in the Level 3 Community Arts Apprenticeship Framework.

Learners may wish to do this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship, or on its own. If learners complete this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship they will be required to undergo additional training, over and above the core qualification, in areas including employment rights and responsibility and/or English and maths.


Learners who achieve the Diploma can progress to job roles relating to their chosen pathways. For example, learners could seek employment as a Community Arts Administrator, or undertake an introductory management role in creative and cultural industries.

For those who wish to continue their development of skills and qualifications beyond Level 3, opportunities may exist to undertake higher level qualifications such as:

  • higher qualifications in business or customer service
  • other qualifications relevant to music and creative industries, eg music, art and design
  • general or vocational qualifications related to or relevant for the creative and
    cultural industries
  • Foundation Degrees in Management and Leadership, creative and cultural industries or a range of community theatre and arts programmes
  • BA Honours Degrees such as Entrepreneurship for the creative and cultural industries

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Qualification structure

The Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 39 credits: the five mandatory units in Group A have a credit value of 22, plus a minimum of 11 credits from the optional units in Group B. The remaining 6 credits may be achieved from Group B or Group C. If learners take units from Group C, only one unit can come from each of the Groups C1 and C2 (a maximum credit value of 6).

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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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