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How can Arts Award work for you?

Arts Award encourages achievement in creative projects and leadership, as well as building transferable skills which help prepare young people for higher-level study and employment.

Arts Award can be offered at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Learners progress through all five levels, or start at the level most suited to them. Four of the levels are on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). Arts Award can accredit work with young people from Entry Level 3 up to Level 3, and the highest level includes 16 UCAS points. 

Arts Award is a great way for Colleges to demonstrate how they are achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks


Arts Award can help to build English and Maths Skills

All post-16 students have to work towards a Maths and/or English Level 2 qualification if they don’t currently have GCSE Grade 4. Arts Award can be used to embed Maths and English through fun and engaging creative activities.

Maths and English can be embedded in other learning areas, and for students who will find it challenging to achieve at these levels, providers are allowed to develop creative approaches to support these skills.  

The development of communication skills is a core assessment criteria for Arts Award and at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, leadership projects incorporate real life financial and numerical challenges.

Through Arts Award students can manage events, set budgets, market products, publish reviews and raise an income from their work.


Arts Award provides real and meaningful careers guidance

Schools and colleges are required to provide all students in Years 7-11 with Careers/Information/Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to inform future career choices. As part of this, teachers may be asked to provide information and advice on 14-19 pathways. At Silver and Gold level in particular, Arts Award guides young people through the range of employment and training options in the creative industries and provides real life opportunities to meet and work with professionals, enabling purposeful links with employers.

Arts Award facilitates researching, interviewing and working alongside artists and creative practitioners. It can help to ensure that students considering a future in the creative industries get the most relevant information and are supported to research their options meaningfully, making real connections and developing relationships that can be sustained.

Arts Award Supporter provides a resource of employers and artists who can show students what it is really like to work in the creative and cultural industries. If you are a Supporter organisation, request your local authority or careers guidance agency list you on their on-line tools, databases and resources for students and parents.

Find case studies on the Arts Award blog or visit our section on delivering in work related learning settings.


Flexible and work related

Arts Award can be delivered within college courses, enrichment programmes, summer schools, traineeships and apprenticeships.  Its flexible framework enables students to pursue a wide range of work-related learning. Silver and Gold Arts Award are approved for use as the Knowledge Qualification in the Community Arts apprenticeship framework.

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What colleges say

I think it’s a brilliant course. The young people really enjoy it and are often inspired at the end of the term to go on to do more in the arts.’ Kitty Wallace, Media Tutor, Varndean College

'I really value the extra dimension Arts Award brings, especially the connection to the music industry in Derby. One of our Gold students stage-managed and hosted the acoustic stage event — a fantastic achievement' Kate Rounding, Lecturer, Derby College


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