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What level am I working at?

The level comparisons are useful to get an idea of the type and size of the qualifications, but getting an Arts Award says something unique about the skills you have gained in creativity, communication, leadership and art form development.


You can start Arts Award at any level and it doesn’t matter what level qualifications you have done before, what is most important is that the level of Arts Award fits with your current learning and development.  
 

   

Comparable by standard level of difficulty

Level

Standard you are working at

credits - graded exams example

credits – leadership qualifications 
example

credits - other example New UCAS Tariff *
Explore Entry Level 3, pre GCSE Drama grades N/A N/A N/A

Bronze

D-G GCSE Grade

Music/Drama Award - Grade 1-3

Level 1 Sports or Dance Leadership

Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

N/A

Silver

A* - C GCSE Grade

Music/Drama Award -Grade 4-5

Level 2 Sports or Community Sports Leadership

Level 2 Award in Art and Design

N/A

Gold

A Level

Music/Drama Award -Grade 6-8

 

Level 3 Higher Sports Leader Award

Level 3 Certificate in graded dance - Grade 8

AS Level B Grade (16)

Certificate in Higher
Sports Leadership  (16)

Distinction in Grade 7 Music examination (16)

 * The UCAS tariff system is changing in 2016.  This means that all qualifications with UCAS tariff points have been recaclulated.  For more information please visit the Gold Arts Award UCAS FAQ page.

 

The facts:
As a guide for understanding which Arts Award level is right for you, Explore is working at pre GCSE level, Bronze and Silver Arts Awards are at the same standard and therefore have the same level of difficulty as GCSE’s but are smaller in size.  The Gold Award is at the same standard as A-levels but is the size of half an AS level.


You can find out more about comparing qualifications on the Qualifications Credit Framework.