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Drive young people’s personal development in the arts


Gold Arts Award is the highest level, at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff. Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25.

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. Take a look at this video by Bridge organisation, Arts Connect West Midlands, to get a feel for what Gold Arts Award involves. 

Gold has two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts project leadership.


Get started

To get started with Gold Arts Award, you will need to attend a Gold training course (you will need to have completed a Bronze & Silver adviser training course before you train for Gold).

There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold 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 Gold Arts Award, download the Gold 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 Gold story, please complete our delivery questionnaire.

Lots more Gold 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 Gold 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.