For both levels, young people's arts logs need to be accurately assessed by a trained Arts Award Discover/Explore adviser, against the criteria laid out in the Discover/Explore toolkit. We recommend that assessment report forms and young people's arts logs are fully completed before confirming any names for certification or moderation. Download adviser assessment report forms from the centre resources page.
Confirming young people's names
For both levels, the process of confirming young people happens through the Arts Award adviser portal. It is not possible to confirm young people's names unless the trained adviser is linked to the registered Arts Award centre, which is also done through the adviser portal.
Download guidance on using the adviser portal
Arts Award Discover
For this introductory award, the adviser's assessment is final and unless an issue is identified with a centre, we do not carry out an additional check of the assessment or young people's work.
Arts Award Explore
This level is an accredited qualification at Entry Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. The adviser's assessment is moderated, which includes submitting a sample of young people's work to Trinity College London. Once advisers have confirmed names of young people through the adviser portal, a 10% sample (per adviser) is chosen at random and must be submitted within 2 working days.
There are two options for submitting the individual arts logs (with accompanying adviser assessment report forms):
- Postal: there is an additional charge of £5 per centre for the return of arts logs by recorded delivery. Special delivery can be arranged for a fee of £10 on request to email@example.com at the point of confirming young people’s names for moderation
- Online upload service: there is no additional charge when submitting logs online
Download the Discover and Explore certification/moderation guide
Download additional guidance on the Explore online moderation option
View our Terms and Conditions of booking (updated February 2013 – view key changes)
For both levels, we aim to issue certificates within 6 to 8 weeks, on receipt of payment. Find out more about Arts Award certification.