SQA Advanced Certificate Musical Theatre

The SQA Advanced Certificate qualification provides practical skills and theoretical knowledge which meet the needs of employers.

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Musical Theatre (SCQF 7) covers areas such as singing, acting, vocal skills, dance, and performance

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges, training providers, and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities, and industry in order that employers recognise that these qualifications provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

The SQA Advanced Certificate provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Musical Theatre is suitable for a wide range of candidates, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. You will be invited to a formal audition, in which you will offer prepared speeches/monologues, songs, participation in a dance workshop, or evidence of relevant experience.

Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to RQF/CQFW level 6
  • relevant experience


The SQA Advanced Certificate in Musical Theatre can provide progression to further training at drama school or university.

Offer this qualification

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to 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.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Musical Theatre

Group award code: GP2P 47 (12 SCQF credit points)

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Musical Theatre at SCQF level 7 consists of 7 mandatory units.

For further information on the structure and units refer to the group award specification document

Group award specification

Unit Specifications