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Which level is right?

Arts Award is designed to support children and young people to develop their skills and interests in the arts, building their knowledge as they progress through the levels. Young people can start at any level and FYA group leaders can help to determine the best starting point by considering the needs and abilities of each individual. The flexible framework means young people can work across a wide range of arts, cultural and heritage activities and projects, including creative and technical roles.


Arts Award Gold

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

90 guided learning hours + 60 independent learning hours


Arts Award Gold 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.  


Arts Award Gold provides the opportunity to develop arts skills and to lead the way by completing two units: personal arts development and leadership of an arts project.


To achieve a Arts Award Gold, 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

  • being involved in the world of the arts through placements, volunteering, training and research

  • reviewing arts events and finding out about artists or craftspeople and their career paths

  • researching and making the case for an arts issue

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 of the work

  • reviewing their leadership development and finding effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience members and other stakeholders


What is an individual arts log?

The arts log can be in any format as long as it provides  the required evidence. It could be written work, scrap book, photographs, drawings, online blogs or vlogs, voice recordings etc. The FYA group leaders will help each young person find a format that suits their needs and abilities.

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