Special dispensation is the process of requesting authorisation for young people, who are outside the stated age limits for Arts Award, to be moderated.
Special dispensation is separate to requests for reasonable adjustments, for which more information can be found here.
Arts Award’s national qualifications support young people aged 25 and under to develop as artists and arts leaders. A young person can be aged 25 and under for Arts Award Discover and Explore, or aged 11 – 25 for Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award at the time of moderation.
Special dispensation can be requested if:
In both cases the adviser must present a valid reason for the request and the young people who are granted special dispensation must be enrolled alongside a cohort where the majority are within the stated age limits for Arts Award.
To request special dispensation for young people who are outside the stated age limits for Arts Award, please download and complete the Special Dispensation Request Form and send to email@example.com.
Please note: it is very unusual for special dispensation to be granted in any circumstance other than those detailed above.
If you are intending on offering Arts Award to an individual who will not, at the time of moderation/certification, meet the above criteria, we strongly advise that you contact us before you start delivering your Arts Award programme/project.