Nationally recognised arts qualifications for 5-25s

Arts Awards are a unique set of nationally recognised qualifications designed for young people aged 5-25. Through these awards, young people develop as individual artists, become inspired to connect with wider arts and grow as leaders ahead of their future careers.


DISCOVER (Ages 7+)

Arts Award Discover is an introductory level and the perfect way for young people at Primary School to begin their Arts Award Journey. Taught in 1 day or over 5 weeks.

EXPLORE (Ages 7+)

Through Explore, young people refine their arts practice by taking in a range of arts activities, exploring the work of artists and arts organisations. Explore is an Entry Level 3 qualification. Taught over 6 weeks.

BRONZE (Ages 11+)

Bronze sees young people begin to work more independently.  By taking part in professional arts activity young people gain skills before passing one on to others.  They then see an arts event and record their experience as an audience member, research into work and life of an inspiring artist and present their findings in a detailed portfolio.  Bronze is a Level 1 qualification.

SILVER (Ages 14+)

For Silver Arts Award, young people develop their arts skills and lead an arts project across two units.  Young people build a portfolio to track their experiences and show their development whilst creating and collecting evidence along the way.  They also see live arts events and conduct detailed research into further opportunities.  Silver is a Level 2 qualification.

GOLD (Ages 16+)

Gold Arts Award is the highest level through which students can gain 35 UCAS points upon completion.  Young people build a detailed and reflective portfolio that charts their development as an artist and arts leader.  They’re challenged by a new art-form, get involved with the wider arts world through training and placements, are inspired by live arts events, find out about artists and their careers, make the case for an arts issue they are passionate about and lead a large-scale arts project.  Gold is a level 3 qualification worth 35 UCAS points.

“This team is at the cutting edge of drama training and up to date with the latest techniques at the highest level.”

Sharon MacInnes, Head of Drama, Bilborough College, Nottingham

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