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How Arts Award can work for you

Arts Award offers qualifications to young people aged up to 25 that develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Arts Award can be delivered by any service or setting offering arts, cultural or media activities, and can be embedded in a variety of youth-work focussed projects or environments.

It provides a highly accessible framework for creative development, combining the appeal of the arts with the motivation of a qualification. Arts Award also provides an effective means to deliver key youth work objectives including supporting young people’s personal and social development, raising young people’s aspirations and ensuring all young people are able to participate and achieve in education or training. 

Arts Award is offered at five levels: DiscoverExploreBronze, Silver or Gold.

For an overview of how Arts Award can work in youth and community settings, please take a look at our Arts Award Youth and Community leaflet

Applications for grant or trust funding may be strengthened if young people are gaining a qualification, helping you cover the costs of training and moderation.  Arts Award provides a framework for projects and offers young people a qualification. Accreditation often attracts participants and may draw in additional funding.  

Arts Award and Youth Social Action

Social action means young people taking action in the service of others – through fundraising, campaigning and volunteering or other practical activities. Social action offers a wide range of possibilities for young people to develop arts and leadership skills by taking part in creative activities and campaigns, they can achieve Arts Award at the same time. Find out more about our resources for advisers who wish to use Arts Award in this way.


Arts Award and young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Arts Award offers an ideal way to structure and accredit programmes for young people who are not in education, employment or training. As well as receiving a nationally recognised qualification and gaining valuable skills such as communication, teamwork and planning, Arts Award can help develop confidence and self esteem which is often the key to re-entering education, training, employment or volunteering. Find case studies or download our Top tips for using Arts Award with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) resource, created with the Roundhouse.


What they say

Ruth Drake, Youth Arts Coordinator, Hull City Council: 'Arts Award came at just the right time for us in Hull. We’d been looking for a way of accrediting the range of work we were doing with young people and through Arts Award, found a scheme which really matched our concept of good youth work practice.'

Bev Skaife, Head of Ripon Evolve: 'Arts Award is a fabulous way to motivate young people to develop their creativity and skills in a positive manner.'

Ann Murtagh, Scout troop leader: 'We‘d say to other troops who enjoy the creative part of the scouting programme – have a look at the Arts Award. It’s very rewarding, takes you into some new territory and is great fun.'

Dan Barton, Arts Award Adviser/Youth Worker, The Collective: 'Arts Award gave structure and an outcome to our method of working, which helps us to place value in the eyes of our wider partners.'

Josh D, 16 years old, Bronze Arts Award achiever: 'It was a great opportunity to help me build my confidence and self-esteem.'


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