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Arts Award appeals to a wide range of children and young people as it assesses art form knowledge and understanding, creativity, communication and planning and review skills, rather than specific art form skill level.

All Arts Award qualifications are assigned Total Qualification Time (TQT).  Total qualification time is an estimate of the average time a young person spends with an adviser or adult to support them (guided learning hours) added to the average time spent learning independently.  It is recognised that the amount of time needed to complete a qualification will depend on the level of experience of each individual or group.  For this reason, the assigned TQT should be used as guidance only.

Click on the qualification name below to download the Qualification Specification for a particular level of Arts Award.  Or take a look at the combined qualification specification for all levels.

Qualification Title

 Title on regulator registers

Qualification number

Guided learning hours (GLH)

Independent learning hours   (ILH)

Total qualification time (TQT)

Arts Award Explore

Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3)


25 hours

10 hours

35 hours

Bronze Arts Award

Level 1 Award in the Arts


40 hours

20 hours

60 hours

Silver Arts Award

Level 2 Award in the Arts


60 hours

35 hours

95 hours

Gold Arts  Award

Level 3 Certificate in the Arts


90 hours

60 hours

150 hours


Arts Award Discover does not appear in the table above as it is not a regulated qualification.

For further details, download the Arts Award qualification information.

Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels may form part of a 16-19 learning programme and have funded learning.  Please check for specific funding available for each level on the Find a Learning Aim website.

Arts Award qualifications are regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and by Qualifications Wales.  The awarding organisation is Trinity College London (TCL).  Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.