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Young people challenge themselves and build creativity


Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.

Young people need to plan their work with an adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether. Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.


Get started

To get started with Arts Award, you or someone at your organisation needs to train as an Arts Award adviser by attending a Bronze & Silver adviser training course.  Advisers support each young person and assess their progress.

There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Silver Arts Award. 

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills.

For further information about the structure, content and administration of Silver Arts Award, download the Silver Arts Award Qualification Specification.


Find out how others have delivered Arts Award

Looking for a case study in a particular type of setting, such as a school, or arts and cultural organisation? Then take a look at the In your setting pages or visit the adviser hub to search our full range of case studies.

If you would like to share your Arts Award Silver story, please complete our delivery questionnaire.

Lots more Silver stories are available on Arts Award Voice, our online magazine for young people aged 13 to 25. You can search for case studies, and the young people you're working with can also post their own stories to share.


Resources available 

The Silver Arts Award booklet guides a young person through each part, advises on how to build their portfolio and comes with a handy checklist.  It can be ordered from the online shop.