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Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory level. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible. 

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. 

Arts Award is a personal learning programme which develops and assesses both arts-related and transferable skills, such as creativity, communication, planning and teamwork:

The table below shows the Arts Award qualifications with their level and size. 

All levels have hours attached to them which combine the guided learning hours and independent learning hours, equalling the total qualification time (TQT).  This shows the average time taken by young poeple to achieve the qualification.

For further details download our Arts Award Qualification Information September 2016.


Qualification title

Qualification number

Guided learning hours (GLH)

Independent learning hours           (ILH)

Total qualification time       (TQT)


Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3)


25 hours

10 hours

35 hours


Level 1 Award in the Arts


40 hours

20 hours

60 hours


Level 2 Award in the Arts


60 hours

35 hours

95 hours


Level 3 Certificate in the Arts


90 hours

60 hours

150 hours


Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS Tariff system. Students applying to University, who are working towards or have achieved a Gold Arts Award, will be able to include it as they would do other subjects when completing their UCAS application form

The UCAS tariff system is changing from 2016, resulting in all qualifications having their UCAS points recalculated.   The new UCAS tariff points apply to learners who start university or college from September 2017.  To find out more, visit the UCAS website or to find out what this means for young people completing a Gold Arts Award, visit the UCAS FAQs page

Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels have funded aims for 16-18 & 19+ learners, more detailed information can be found on Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS).

Achievement of qualifications can be tracked by young people through their ‘Unique Learner Number’.  Find out more about Unique Learner Numbers and entering their number at the point of registration for Arts Award.

Arts Award is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and by Qualifications Wales.  The awarding organisation is Trinity College London (TCL)


*As of October 2015, the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) has replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is applicable for all Ofqual regulated qualifications.  You can read more about this on the GOV.UK website.  The requirements of the RQF are being phased in.  All awarding bodies, including Trinity College London, are in the process of reviewing their regulated qualifications to ensure compliance with the conditions of the RQF.  This does not affect the status or validity of qualifications that were previously regulated under the QCF or NQF.