Museum & Gallery Skills (Cultural Heritage), Level 2 Certificate

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.
Course end date:
31 Jul 2018
09:00 - 16:00

Kendal Museum is a long established and accredited museum with exceptional natural history and archaeology collections. As a department of Kendal College the museum is able to offer a very rare opportunity to gain an occupational qualification in a working museum that is open to the public.

On this busy course you will be asked to do the great range of museum tasks that museum staff are called upon to do from: Preparing for talks, filling spreadsheets, cleaning porcupine needles and Samian bowls to emptying bug traps, writing labels and helping the visitors and students. You will work alongside, and are trained by, museum professionals giving you the opportunity to work with unique collections that cannot handled by the public.

As level 2 trainees you will be expected to be dependable and work responsibly under the supervision of curators.

At least three days a week must be given to museum work and training.

There is an option to study a package of qualifications which includes an NVQ in Museum and Gallery Skills, alongside A Levels chosen from a wide range of subjects including History, Photography, and English.  A Levels are also available as stand alone qualifications.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

On this ‘hands on’ course you will be given an occupational role and the skills you learn and use will then be assessed. There is also an emphasis on self- reflection, team working and the development of your own learning within the requirements of the qualification.

All students will learn about basic collection care and presentation, care of the museum environment and safety for yourselves, colleagues and the public. Dependent on your work role there could be a greater emphasis for some trainees on outreach , customer care or collection care.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through the collection of evidence showing that you have become competent in the full range of required skills. This evidence could be through a report from a witness, observation by assessors, written assignments, recorded answers to questions or the creation of materials. You will collect together your evidence and relate it to set of criteria which are the national standard for the qualification.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

For those wishing to enter the cultural heritage sector and wanting to gain a qualification that recognises their skills as a route into the sector, this provides a rare occupation based opportunity.

For those with academic qualifications who wish to increase their employability this provides a structured and validated experience of work in a public museum.

Some students have gone on to employment in the sector and others into further specialised studies and training.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A minimum of GCSE’s A-C, including English, and either some volunteer work in a heritage setting or further life experience. You must wish to carry out careful ‘hands on’ work to support the staff team running a public building and have an interest in history and/or natural history.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. More about Student Finance.

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