Special dispensation can be applied for in the following circumstances:
See below for more information about when special dispensation can be applied for and the process to do so.
If young people are unable to meet with the moderator at face-to-face (standard or joint) moderation
There may be a valid reason why young people are unable (or it would be inappropriate for them) to meet the moderator at a face-to-face moderation. For example:
If a young person is/people are below the age of 11 (for Bronze, Silver or Gold), or above the age of 25 (for all levels) at the time of moderation
Arts Award's national qualifications support young people up to the age of 25 to develop as artists and arts leaders. They are specifically designed for young people within this age group however, occasionally, special dispensation may be made for individuals outside of the official age group to achieve their qualification.
A young person can be aged up to 25 for Discover and Explore, or aged 11 – 25 for Bronze, Silver, Gold at the time of moderation.
However, you can apply for special dispensation if:
In both cases the adviser must present a valid reason for the dispensation and the majority of the group must be the correct age.
How to apply for Special Dispensation:
Please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to cover each of the points below:
1) Your centre name and number
In the case of special dispensation not to meet the young people, as long as a valid reason is presented and the Arts Award team is notified before the moderation takes place, then special dispensation will automatically be granted. Applications for special dispensation not to meet the young people can also be requested over the phone by calling 0207 820 6178.
Please note, it is very unusual for special dispensation to be granted in any other circumstances than what’s been detailed above. Therefore, if you are intending on offering Arts Award to an individual who will not, at the time of moderation/certification, meet the above criteria, we strongly advise that you contact us before you start delivering.