Gold Award

Gold Arts Award

This a Level 3 Award in the Arts (Regulated Qualifications Framework)

The Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). See here for FAQ about using Gold Arts Award on your UCAS form. You are working at A level standard and it carries the same points at UCAS as a Grade B at AS level, and a grade 7 in a Music Examination for example.

At Gold level, you are working as an arts practitioner while broadening your horizons within the arts world.

This is the Arts Award’s highest recognition of your abilities as a young artist and creative arts leader. Working at Gold level will extend your creativity, communication, planning and leadership skills. You will build a portfolio which will showcase your arts achievements and illustrate your development as an artist and arts leader.

There are no entrance requirements and no set time limit to complete this in. The award will usually take around 90 guided learning hours and 60 independent learning hours.

There are 2 units to the Gold Arts Award

Unit 1: Personal Arts Development and Unit 2: Arts Project Leadership

What Do I do ?

Gain experience of a new area of the arts and develop new work by collaborating with another artist. Get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research. Go to high-quality arts events, use them to influence your work, find out about the artists and their career paths. Form your own views and make a case for an arts issue you care about. Take individual responsibility for researching, planning, running and reviewing your own arts project with a public outcome.

For more information and examples of work at this level, go to Arts Award U.K.

Below you can read about the Gold Arts Award in greater detail.

Unit 1:Personal Art Development

Part A: Arts Practice:

Gain experience of a new area of the arts, and produce new art work by working with a more advanced practitioner, to further develop your own art form.

*Use your new knowledge and skills to create new and original work.

*The new work you make should be exhibited, shared with, or performed to an audience. You will need to record the showing in some way, for example through filming, sound recording or photography and collect feedback from your audience.

Part B: The Wider Arts Sector:

Get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research.

*This involves local research and active involvement. With support from your Arts Adviser decide what you might want to do in the future and how you could develop your skills to take you further along this path. You will find out about relevant occupations and the different ways people use their arts skills. You will research courses, trainings, apprenticeships, and any professional bodies and organisations that can help.

*Then you choose a way to get actively involved through volunteering, training, work shadowing or a work placement for example. As a guide your minimum involvement should be equivalent to 5 days volunteering or work placement or 2 days training.

Part C: Research and Review:

Attend and review high quality arts events, see how  they influence your work, and then find out about the artists and their career paths.  Use this research to benefit your own possible career development. Review the shows, exhibitions and organisations that you visit and reflect on how they have influenced your own arts practice and plans.

Part D:  Forming  a View:

Make the case for an arts issue that you care about, investigate the arguments around it and present your views and findings to others.

* This could be a local, national or international issue. You will discuss various issues with your  adviser and group and choose one that you would like to take up.

* You will then need to decide how to build your argument and present your case. Examples include; a debate, an article, writing to a newspaper or publication, writing to politicians and decision-makers, delivering a presentation, making a campaign website or poster. You will need to record how others react or respond when you make your case.

Unit 2 : Arts Leadership Project

You will be working mainly independently, with background support from your adviser, taking a lead and overall responsibility for planning and delivering an arts project for other people. You could be leading a team or working on your own, your arts adviser can help you to develop your plans. You will need to plan, promote, organise, manage resources, deliver and evaluate your project. You will need to consider such things as health and safety and risk assessment, and legal requirements such as being covered by insurance.

Your arts leadership project could be a single event, for example; a gig, a performance, an exhibition or a one-day workshop. Or it could be a programme of activity, such as training workshops or lessons. Or an arts publication such as an arts magazine, an information booklet, a guide or a website. It is up to you (with the support of your advisor) to design your project in the media that will best make real your vision. You will then be ready to share your arts project with an audience.

Plan an arts project:

*Prepare your arts leadership project, identifying aims and organising people and resources.

Deliver the project:

*Deliver your project, manage its production and share it with the public.

Review the project:

*Collect feedback from participants, audience, and other stakeholders and evaluate the project accurately.

Role of your Arts Adviser

Our Arts Adviser will help you to plan and organise your work, guiding you through each part of the Gold Arts Award. She will help you to access what you need to complete the units successfully and guide you in the presentation of your completed portfolio of work,which she will then assess upon completion and submit for moderation.


Assessment is through the evidence (shown in your portfolio) that you have completed the 7 sections in the 2 units of the Gold Arts Award successfully. Your arts adviser will also be looking for specific examples of the following:

– your artform knowledge and understanding

– your creativity

– your ability to plan and review

-your ability to communicate


Your portfolio contains all the evidence that you have completed each part of the Gold Arts Award. You will record your work whilst you accomplish each part of each unit, providing full evidence of planning, processes and experiences and your reflections upon these. When completed, this will become your Gold Arts Award Portfolio of Work.

What is exciting about your portfolio of work is that it can be in any format. This means that it could be in the form of a blog, or a film, or it could be photographic, or audio, or a scrapbook, or a series of montaged/collaged display boards for example. The format that you choose for your Gold Arts Award Portfolio should express you as an artist. It is up to you to choose the media that suits you and your work best. All your work will need to be fully documented and indexed. This portfolio will be assessed by your Arts Adviser which will then be submitted by her for moderation.


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