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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


Standard you are working at

 graded exams example

leadership qualifications 

other example

New UCAS Tariff *

Explore Entry Level (Entry 3), pre GCSE Drama grades N/A N/A N/A


D-G (3-1) GCSE Grade

Music/Drama Award - Grade 1-3

Level 1 Sports or Dance Leadership

Level 1 Award in Employability Skills



A*-C (9-4) GCSE Grade

Music/Drama Award -Grade 4-5

Level 2 Sports or Community Sports Leadership

Level 2 Award in Art and Design



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 changed in 2016, resulting in all qualifications having their UCAS points recalculated. For more information please visit the Gold Arts Award UCAS FAQ page.