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Diploma Creative Media SCQF level 7


The diploma enables the learner to demonstrate both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence in a variety of media and creative skills.

The diploma is made up of units which are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by ScreenSkills — the Sector Skills Council and government-recognised standards-setting body for the creative industries. ScreenSkills works across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications.

Candidates can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including HNC/D Creative Industries: Television; HNC/D Radio; or HNC/D Creative Industries: Media and Communication.

The competence-based units specify the standard of performance an individual must achieve to be deemed competent. Learners undertaking this qualification must be employed in a suitable work role that will allow them to generate the evidence for the diploma. The evidence demonstrating achievement of the qualification can be assessed within the workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

The unit-based structure aids flexibility, with learners generating the required evidence naturally through their current job role. In addition, learners can work through the units at their own pace

Why study this qualification?

The main target audience for the Diploma in Creative Media is those currently employed as apprentices in the creative industries sector. However, the Diploma in Creative Media at SCQF level 7 is suitable for a range of people:

  • learners who may have just left school

  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

  • employers who wish their employees to obtain a recognised qualification


No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification; however, learners must be employed in a suitable position to allow them to generate the evidence for the qualification.

Employment and Progression

Progression to an HNC/HND or a degree programme in a related area would be dependent on the learner's portfolio of qualifications and/or experience. 

A promoted post within employment in the creative industries



The assessment is governed by ScreenSkills's assessment strategy.

Learners gather evidence of their performance through normal workplace activity, in line with the requirements of the diploma. This evidence will be assessed using usual workplace assessment methods, such as use of portfolios/e-portfolios; observation; examining of work products; testimonial evidence from witnesses; personal statements; accreditation of prior learning.

Qualification Structure

The Diploma in Creative Media at SCQF level 7 consists of seven mandatory units and five optional units selected from a range of 17 units

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