Bronze Arts Award

This is a 6 week Bronze Arts Award course specialising in Photography. This course is for pupils in years 9, 10 & 11. Sessions will run on Sundays during October and November. Applications for Arts Award programmes are now closed. If you are interested in the course, please email

Event details

During this 6 week photography focused course, each student will take part in a selection of photography workshops and activities, logging their progress in a portfolio as they move through the course. Students will be working towards a Bronze Arts Award qualification by taking part in a series of pre-recorded lessons which are structured around the Bronze Arts Award criteria. However, it is not essential that you work towards a Bronze Arts award during this course, as we would very much welcome you if you simply want to enjoy the creative sessions. Students will also benefit from an online live classroom setting which will provide them with allotted tutor time as well as the opportunity for peer feedback. 

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to celebrate their individuality & creativity. Each student will create an individual portfolio to evidence their journey throughout the course which will be moderated by an external Trinity Arts Award moderation board at the end of the course. These portfolios can be digitally created or in a sketchbook, advice will be given during the first session.* 

Students will be required to work on their portfolios in their own time to ensure they have reached their full potential & hit the Arts Award full criteria. There will be supporting worksheets to ensure each student completes the required Arts Award criteria evidence. **

The Bronze Level Arts Award is split into 4 units:

  • Part A: Explore the arts as a participant
  • Part B: Explore the arts as an audience member
  • Part C: Arts inspiration
  • Part D: Arts skills share — passing on arts skills to others

This course aims to provide the students with the opportunity to develop skills & knowledge in the arts. This particular course has a focus around photography, students can expect to develop skills & increase their knowledge in these areas:

  • Practical Photography
  • Theory of Photography
  • Analysing Art
  • Planning
  • Researching
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reflective Thinking
  • Communication
  • Independent Working
  • Time management

*Please note:

- We will not be collecting physical work and sketchbooks should be photographed and emailed to the UCA tutor week by week so the tutor can advise effectively.

- Each unit must be completed to enable us to submit final portfolios to Arts Award.

- If you have already achieved a Bronze Arts Award, you will not be able to receive another one as they are not linked to subjects, however you are still more than welcome to participate in the course, providing you meet the admissions criteria.

More information about the Arts Award qualification can be found HERE. 

Session dates and structure:

  • Week 1: Sunday 15 October
  • Week 2: Sunday 22 October
  • Week 3: Sunday 29 October
  • Week 4: Sunday 5 November
  • Week 5: Sunday 12 November
  • Week 6: Sunday 19 November

Structure of each session:


Students all log on to the online platform (Blackboard collaborate) for a morning briefing


Students will have been emailed a resources list which contains a pre-recorded lesson each week. They will participate in the pre-recorded lesson, adding to their portfolio as they go. 

[This is independent learning where the tutor is available to reach via staff email]




Students continue their independent learning using there-recorded lesson video

[This is independent learning where the tutor is available to reach via staff email]


Students all log on to the online platform (Blackboard collaborate) for an afternoon debrief.


Applications for Arts Award programmes are now closed.


UCA’s Arts Award programmes are suitable for students who are studying or have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills and portfolio.

The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for young people to access free art and design tuition from a higher education institution to support them in the development of their portfolio of work. It's also designed for students who may not otherwise have the chance to access such an opportunity.

Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are the first generation in their family to study at higher education level (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
  • are currently eligible for Free School Meals
  • come from a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (determined by postcode using POLAR 3 data)
  • are from a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • are in, or have lived under local authority care
  • have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • have a disability
  • attend a HEON, KaMCOP or KMPF partnered school (a list of eligible schools is included below)
  • live in HEON or KaMCOP target postcode area
  • have not previously attended a UCA outreach programme
  • are studying without the support of family
  • are an unaccompanied asylum seeker/refugee
  • a child from a military family
  • from a gypsy, roma and traversal community

Allocation will also be based on your personal statement, where we would like to see an evident passion for the subject and an interest in studying a creative subject at a higher level.

This information will be gathered via UCA’s Arts Award application form and will be assessed by the University’s Outreach Manager and Outreach Officer.

Once the application deadline has passed, we will consider all applications against the priority criteria listed above to determine who will be offered a place. A decision will be sent in writing to confirm whether a place on the programme has been secured, and successful applicants will be asked to confirm their place in writing. Where the programmes are oversubscribed, unplaced applicants who meet the criteria outlined above will be kept on a waiting list and allocated spaces should they become available. UCA reserves the right to cancel or amend Arts Award activities at any time prior to the start of the course.  In the event of any changes, applicants/participants and their parents/carers will be notified accordingly.

If an applicant decides not to accept their offer, they must inform UCA staff via email as soon as possible so spaces can be reallocated where possible, by emailing

  • Astor Secondary School
  • Aylesford School
  • Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
  • Brompton Academy
  • Cornwallis Academy
  • Dartford Science & Technology College
  • Dover Christ Church Academy
  • Folkestone Academy
  • Fulston Manor School
  • Greenacre Academy
  • Hartsdown Academy
  • Herne Bay High School
  • Hugh Christie School
  • New Line Learning Academy
  • Northfleet School for Girls
  • Northfleet Technology College
  • Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
  • Orchards Academy
  • PGW Partnership of Greenacre and Walderslade
  • Saint George's Church of England School - Gravesend
  • Sandwich Technology School
  • Spires Academy
  • St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury
  • St Augustine Academy
  • St Edmund's Catholic School
  • St George's Church of England Foundation School - Broadstairs
  • St John's Catholic Comprehensive
  • Strood Academy
  • Thamesview School
  • The Abbey School
  • The Canterbury Academy
  • The Charles Dickens School
  • The Ebbsfleet Academy
  • The Holmesdale School
  • The John Wallis Church of England Academy
  • The Leigh Academy
  • The Leigh UTC
  • The Malling School
  • The Marsh Academy
  • The North School
  • The Robert Napier School
  • The Royal Harbour Academy
  • The Sittingbourne School
  • The Victory Academy
  • Towers School and Sixth Form Centre
  • Turner Free School
  • Ursuline College
  • Walderslade Girls' School
  • Westlands School
  • Alderwood Senior School
  • Ash Manor School
  • Chertsey High School
  • Christ's College, Guildford
  • Collingwood College
  • Cove School
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • Farnham Heath End School
  • Fernhill School
  • Hoe Valley School
  • Salesian School, Chertsey
  • The Beacon School
  • The Matthew Arnold School
  • The Wavell School

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