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Arts Award Gold

Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25.


Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether

Gold has two units:

  • Unit 1: personal arts development
  • Unit 2: arts projects leadership.

There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold Arts Award. It will take young people around 90 hours to complete, working with their adviser and independently.


Unit 1: Personal Arts Development

For Gold Unit 1, personal arts development, young people extend their knowledge and skills as artists, explore the professional arts world and form a view on an arts issue.

Within Unit 1, they cover four vital areas of interest for anyone working in the arts:

Arts practice

Young people extend their existing arts practice by gaining experience of a new area of the arts.  They work with another practitioner to develop their skills and produce new work which integrates, or is influenced by, the new art form, genre or practice.

The wider arts sector

Young people get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research.

Research and review

Young people experience and review high quality arts events, reflect on how they influence their work, and also find out about the artists and their career paths.

Forming a view

Young people make the case for an arts issue that they care about, investigate the arguments around it from a range of perspectives. They present their view and findings to others and gather feedback.


Unit 2: Arts Project Leadership

For Gold Unit 2, arts project leadership; young people take charge of running an arts project, build their skills as an effective leader and deliver their project to a public audience.

At Gold level, the young person’s leadership project needs to show how they have taken independent responsibility for every aspect of the arts project, from planning stages to delivery, followed by evaluation.

To complete this unit, young people need to:


Plan all aspects of an arts leadership project including identifying the qualities of a leader and the personal leadership skills they want to develop. They identify the aims and outcomes of the project and organise the people and resources, considering how they will gather feedback on their progress.


Deliver their project, manage its production and share it with the public.  They demonstrate how they are working effectively with others and developing their leaderships skills.  They also plan and manage the public sharing of their project and gather feedback.


Collect feedback from participants, audience, and other stakeholders and evaluate both the project and how well they have developed their leadership skills. They consider their achievements and the things they would improve demonstrating in their project report that they have integrated and considered the views and feedback they have gathered throughout the project.