The Digital and Creative sector offers a wide range of positions for those with Level 2 qualifications such as assistants or runners in TV, film and reprographics, through to more senior roles as technicians in fashion studios or broadcast production, or roles in digital marketing and social media for those achieving Level 3 qualifications.

SkillUP programmes are created from units within existing qualifications and enable centres to develop an offer that meets the specific employment needs of the digital and creative sector employers in their region and to adapt those programmes for learners who are new to the digital and creative sector and for those who are progressing within the sector.

In the example below a unit from the Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award in Digital and Creative Industries qualifications have been combined with a unit from our Employability Qualifications to create ‘SkillUP to Digital Marketing’.

Level 2 Award in Digital and Creative Industries:

Employability Skills:

These off-the-shelf programmes also include a list of suggested resources to help with delivery. You can view all the off-the-shelf SkillUP Programmes across Levels 1 and 2 below.

Alternatively, if you want to create your own bespoke SkillUP programmes you can combine sector-specific units, employability units and digital units from the unit library below. It is suggested that a minimum size for a SkillUP programme would be between 5-7 credits overall.

Finally, larger qualifications are also available for those who need to cover a wider range of content or to study in greater depth. Vocational qualifications are available in a variety of sizes and levels, and Access to HE Diplomas provide a route into higher education or degree Apprenticeships.

Creative and Design vocational qualifications

Digital Qualifications

Creative and Design Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Career Maps

When embarking on a new career in a new sector or continuing in an ongoing career within your current sector, it’s important to know what you need to achieve in order to progress.

We have put together a realistic career map for the creative and design sector to help learners understand which levels and qualifications are needed to access a range of employment roles within the sector. The Career map provides a general overview, whilst the Getting Started and Continuing a Career guides provide more details for learners at different stages of their creative and design sector careers.

SkillUP to Creative and Design – Career Map

SkilllUP to Creative and Design – Getting Started

SkillUP to Creative and Design – Continuing a Career


SkillUP to Digital and Creative – Programmes and Unit Library

The following suggested programmes have been compiled using some of the most popular and relevant units in the sectors.

The units below can be used to mix and match and create a programme which meets the needs of your learners and local priorities.

Click on each heading to expand or contract the library. Click on a unit title to take you to the unit detail page.

Level 1 SkillUP to Digital and Creative Programmes
SkillUP to Becoming a DJ
SkillUP to Setting up a Craft Business
SkillUP to a Career in Fashion Design
SkillUP to Creating Websites
SkillUP in Planning a Career in the Creative and Media Industry

Guided Learning Hours: 55

Credits: 6

Units included:

Suggested underpinning resources:

Level 2 SkillUP to Digital and Creative Programmes
SkillUP to Digital Marketing
SkillUP to Preparing to Work in the Digital and Creative Sector
SkillUP to Becoming a Games Developer
SkillUP to Developing Websites
SkillUP to Working in the Music Industry

Guided Learning Hours: 48

Credits: 6

Units Included:

Suggested Resources:

Unit Library - Digital and Creative
Level 1 Vocational Units
Level 2 Vocational Units
Unit Library - Digital Skills
Entry 3 Digital Skills Units
Level 1 Digital Skills Units
Level 2 Digital Skills Units
Unit Library - Employability Skills
Level 1 Employability Units
Level 2 Employability Units

Apply to Run a SkillUP Programme

To start the process of becoming approved to run a SkillUP programme, please complete the form below and a member of Business Development Team will be in touch with you to discuss your needs and guide you through the appropriate application process.