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Setting up an Arts Award centre

Young people work towards their awards using Arts Award centres as a base, in addition to working independently.

Centres can be set up in a wide variety of different places, from arts organisations to schools, pupil referral units, youth clubs and community centres.  In fact, an Arts Award centre can be any setting that supports children and young people taking part in the arts.

Every Arts Award centre is registered with Trinity College London and must have at least one trained Arts Award adviser. 

Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way to:

  • Enable young people to work towards a national qualification
  • Kick-start a new arts project
  • Develop your existing work with young people through the Arts Award framework
  • Engage more young people in the arts and challenge them to develop their creativity and leadership skills

Running Arts Award can contribute towards your school or organisation achieving Artsmark


Training as an Arts Award adviser

Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people working towards their awards, acting as mentors, facilitators and primary assessors.

A new adviser must complete one of our adviser training courses in order to gain this status. For more information on how to book onto one of our UK-wide courses or request training for an organisation, visit the adviser training pages.



Arts Award advisers are the primary assessors of children and young people's work.

, an introductory certificate, is not externally moderated. Advisers submit the young people's details for a certficiate which is issued within 4 weeks.

Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold are all regulated qualifications on the RQF and are externally moderated. This involves your assessment being verified by Arts Award moderators. There are several moderation options to choose from depending.


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