Gold Arts Award

Course description:

In Unit 1, young people delve deeply into two different art forms and create a new piece of art as a result or their exploration.  Young people are expected to extend and develop their own arts practice in their chosen mediums and share their work with others.  As well as taking part in arts events and activities, active research is required into the work of established artists.  Students must also present a considered argument about an arts issue of their choice.  Unit 2 of the qualification requires the young person to plan, deliver and review an arts leadership project.  The way in which portfolios can be presented can be either digital, written or through a suitable creative medium.  


This award will suit students who are:

  • in or approaching Post 16 education

  • taking a gap year

  • considering home education

  • looking to gain an alternative qualification with a practical, arts based skill set and detailed portfolio of evidence. 


Please note that young people do not have to complete the Bronze or Silver levels prior to starting Gold level.  There is however, a natural progression through the levels as skills and experiential learning grows and students develop confidence in designing their own unique pathway in the arts.

Need to know:

  • Level 3 qualification

  • 16 UCAS points

  • QCF credit value: 15

  • Depth of work that is comparative with other post 16 courses

  • Your Arts Advisor will assess your work and submit your portfolio for moderation when completed *

  • Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England

  • Group fees are negotiable.


  • Approximately 33 hours of mentor support with your Arts Advisor, 50 - 60 hours arts activities and 60 hours independent study.


*Moderation costs can vary depending on size of cohort


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