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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 Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). 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 projects leadership. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold Arts Award. It will take young people around 90 hours to complete, working with their adviser and independently.




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.


Find out about 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 is essential as a guide for young people working towards Gold. The booklet guides the young person through each part, advises on how to build their portfolio and comes with a handy checklist, and can be ordered from the online shop.


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 can train for Gold).