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Higher Apprenticeship – Cultural Heritage Level 5

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Work-Based Learning
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    12 months

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Higher Apprenticeship – Cultural Heritage Level 5


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Course Description

This higher-level apprenticeship (level 5) has been designed with the help of employers to create a non-graduate entry and progression route into cultural heritage management. Its aim is to provide an alternative to the traditional HE routes into the sector.

The cultural heritage sector is made up of many interlinking and combined areas of work, cutting across areas such as Libraries, Museums, Archives, the creative industries and tourist services in the UK. Cultural Heritage and the historic environment form an integral part of the make-up of the Welsh economy.

Entry Criteria

  • Any Level 3 qualifications and an ability to work at Higher Education level.

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


The qualification is delivered in the workplace with an assessor over 18 months and is assessed via e-portfolio.

Units available include:

Mandatory units (all must be complete)

  • Collections Care
  • Access to and understanding of collections within cultural heritage organisations
  • Cultural Heritage – collections Management
  • Meeting the needs of the users of cultural organisations

Optional units (one must be complete)

  • Business planning for cultural heritage
  • Site management and security for cultural heritage venues
  • Leadership skills and workforce management in a cultural heritage organisation
  • Income generation in a cultural heritage organisation

The apprenticeship framework also includes essential skills in Application of Number and Communication for those who do not have the relevant proxy qualification. The Essential Skills are delivered online and site attendance will be required for the tests. Durations vary with each individual.


  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence
  • Work-based observations
  • Theory-based tasks and tests


  • Foundation Degree/Honours Degree in a related discipline

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 4+5

Programme Area:

  • Library and Information Studies


Bilingual delivery available

Library and Information Studies

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