Arts Award

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is not only an Arts Award supporter but also an approved deliverer with trained staff for the Discover through to Gold Arts Awards qualifications. If you have a group of children or young people who are interested in this accredited qualification please get in touch.

Qualification information

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory level. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.
The award is a personal learning programme which develops and assesses both arts-related and transferable skills, such as creativity, communication, planning and teamwork:

  • Young people aged up to 25 can achieve Arts Awards
  • Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels are recognised as Entry Level 3 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
  • The Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS tariff system

The table below shows the Arts Award qualifications with their level, size and credit value. For further details download the qualification factsheet.

Level Qual. title Qualification number Credit value Guided learning hours UCAS Tariff
Explore Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3) 600/3894/9 4 25 (10*) N/A
Bronze Level 1 Award in the Arts 501/0081/6 6 40 hrs (20*) N/A
Silver Level 2 Award in the Arts 500/9914/0 10 60 hrs (35*) N/A
Gold Level 3 Certificate in the Arts 500/9666/7 15 90 hrs (60*) 35

* additional recommended independent learning hours

Explore and Bronze Arts Award are recognised as Foundation Learning.

Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS Tariff system (35 points). Students applying to University for the 2015/16 academic year who are working towards or have achieved a Gold Arts Award will be able to include it as they would do other subjects when completing their UCAS application form.

Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels have funded aims for 16-18 & 19+ learners, more detailed information can be found on Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS).
The credit framework means that young people can build qualifications and track them through their ‘Unique Learner Number’. Find out more about Unique Learner Numbers and entering their number at the point of registration to take part in Arts Award.