Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration

SQA code: GK2L 54
Ofqual code: 601/5014/2
Total Qualification Time: 260
Guided Learning Hours: 233
Credit value: 26

The Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration will develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to work in community arts, technical theatre and live events.

The Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration has been developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills to ensure it meets the needs of the industry.

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 Certificate 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 including the Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management, 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 giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation, keeping up to date with developments in the arts, and working in a team.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification 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


Although there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, it is likely that learners will already be working or volunteering in community arts administration. Alternatively, learners should have an appropriate level of knowledge and communication skills to meet the requirements of the qualification.

Individuals seeking employment in roles such as a community arts administration assistant mainly take this qualification. This type of job covers 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.


This Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration is included as a component in the Level 2 Community Arts Apprenticeship Framework.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including the Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management, the Level 3 Certificates in Theatre Operations, a Foundation degree, HNC/D, or a degree.

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Qualification structure

The Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 26 credits. The three mandatory units in Group A have a credit value of 11; the optional units in Group B have a credit value of 9, and the remaining 6 credits from the optional units are taken from either Group B or Group C.

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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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