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What is special dispensation?

Special dispensation is the process of requesting authorisation for either, or both, of the following:

  • Young people to be moderated who are outside the stated age limits for Arts Award
  • Young people to not be present at a standard (face-to-face) moderation

Special dispensation is separate to requests for reasonable adjustments, for which more information can be found here.

 

Young people who are outside the stated age limits for Arts Award

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:

  • All levels - One or more of the young people in a cohort will be 26 at the time of moderation (or date of Discover certificate order)
  • Bronze, Silver, Gold only - One or more of the young people in a cohort will be 10 at the time of moderation

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 moderation.team@trinitycollege.co.uk.

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.

 

Young people who cannot be present at a standard (face-to-face) moderation

Normally at standard moderations, the moderator is allocated time to speak to some of the young people who are being moderated and we ask that part of the cohort are present to meet the moderator.

Covid update: Please note, at this time, young people are not able to attend standard moderations. Please do not arrange for any young people to meet your moderator under any circumstances.

Read our moderation COVID information