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Gold Arts Award: Level 3 Certificate in the Arts - Qualification number: 500/9666/7

90 guided learning hours + 60 independent learning hours = 150 hours total qualification time (TQT) 

Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for ages 16 and above, but is open to young people aged 11 to 25.  The award has 16 points on the UCAS tariff.

To achieve a Gold Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio of their experiences of:

Personal arts development

  • extending their own arts practice, experiencing another art form and creating new work
  • identifying and being involved in the world of the arts through placements, volunteering, training and research
  • reviewing arts events/experiences and finding out about artists and their career paths
  • making the case for an arts issue and communicating the case

Leadership of an arts project

  • planning a project, identifying the project's aims and outcomes
  • organising the people and resources
  • delivering the project and managing the effectiveness of the project
  • managing a public showing/sharing of the work
  • reviewing their leadership development and finding effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience members and other stakeholders

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Did you know, you no longer need to train at Bronze and Silver level before training to deliver Gold Arts Award. You can train to deliver Gold - regardless of whether you have trained as an adviser already. Book your place now!

For further information about the structure, content and administration of Gold Arts Award, download the Gold Arts Award Qualification Specification.

Other resources

To find case studies and resources for Gold Arts Award, please visit the adviser hub and the Arts Award blog

For ideas, resources and the impact of Gold Arts Award on young people, please visit Arts Award on Voice.  Young people can register for an account on the Gold hub to get access to step-by-step guidance on how to complete their Gold Arts Award.


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