Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS Tariff system. Students applying to University, who are working towards or have achieved a Gold Arts Award will be able to include it as they would do other subjects when completing their UCAS application form.
The UCAS tariff system changed in 2016, resulting in all qualifications having their UCAS points recalculated. The updated UCAS tariff points applies to learners who started university or college from September 2017 onwards. To find out more, visit the UCAS website or to find out what this means for young people completing a Gold Arts Award, visit the UCAS FAQs pages.
Below is some useful information about Arts Award Gold and UCAS points:
1 Who is the awarding body for Arts Award?
Trinity College London is the only awarding body for Arts Award. When filling in your UCAS application this will be abbreviated to TCL.
2 What are the titles of the awards?
When filling in your UCAS application form you must use the official titles of the awards as they appear on the Ofqual website:
3 Where on the UCAS form would I include my Arts Award qualification?
This depends on what other qualifications you have taken at school/college and you should get advice from your teachers or careers advisor. If you are unsure, you can include your Arts Award in the 'other qualifications' section of the form.
4 How many UCAS tariff points does Gold Arts Award carry?
The UCAS tariff system changed in 2016. This means that all qualifications with UCAS tariff points were recalculated.
For higher education courses that started in September 2017 and beyond, the UCAS tariff for Gold Arts Award is 16.
5 How does 16 Tariff points compare to other qualifications on the Tariff?
6 What’s the deadline for achieving my Gold Arts Award if I want to use it to support my university application?
Your moderation needs to have taken place by 18 June 2021, in order to allow time for the awarding organisation to send the results to UCAS.
Note: For online and postal moderations, the booked date is the sample confirmation date, which precedes the actual moderation date by a few weeks. For these moderation types, we will clearly advertise the last sample confirmation dates that meet the UCAS deadline as soon as they become available for booking. For standard (face-to-face) moderations, the booked date is the actual moderation date.
7 Can I use my Gold Arts Award to support an application through clearing?
Universities will take into account your actual achievement in whatever qualifications you have put on the application form. Admissions staff take account of actual achievement in terms of grades and content of qualifications so tariff points are not always considered. You should make sure that you refer to the Gold Arts Award in any communications you have with HEIs.
8 Is Gold Arts Award only for people wanting to go to university?