Arts Award

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a set of unique arts qualifications that support young people to grow their skills as artists and creatives in any art form – from fashion to digital art, performing arts to design technology. Arts Award is available at different levels, designed to suit young people aged between 11-25.

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on creative challenges, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey and along the way they are supported by an Adviser acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Skills developed through undertaking Arts Award are transferable and can enrich and complement current studies - these can include a increase in confidence, effective communication and the ability to problem solve and take on independent study.

Arts Award FAQs

  • Can UCA support Arts Award?

    UCA support is available for targeted young people in Years 9-13 in Kent and Medway to enable them to successfully complete their Arts Award at a relevant level. To find out if your school, college or community organisation is eligible, please visit our criteria page

    Arts Award support can include:

    • Spaces for young people at your school, college or community organisation to attend selected Arts Award Holiday Clubs, Summer Schools and Masterclasses
    • Visits and presentations from creative tutors and experts
    • Free Arts Award Adviser Training for staff at your school, college or community organisation
    • Mentoring sessions with young people undertaking their Arts Award
    • Support for staff with planning, delivery, assessment and moderation of Arts Award are also available to complement Bronze level


  • What are the different levels of Arts Award?

    Arts Award is available in multiple levels to suit ages and abilities - please see below UCA's recommendations:

    • Discover and Explore - introductory levels, recommended for Year 9. Ideal for a focus day or extracurricular activity e.g. form time. Ideal for larger group sizes.  
    • Bronze - Level 1, recommended for Year 9 and 10. Ideal for after school sessions, lunch clubs or 6 week projects. Bronze can be delivered to a whole class - we would recommend a max group size of 25. 
    • Silver - Level 2, recommended for Years 10-12. Ideal as a progression from Bronze level, across 12 weeks. Can also be run as after-school sessions with additional independent study. Recommended for smaller groups, e.g. 15 young people. 
    • Gold - Level 3 (worth 16 UCAS points), recommended for Years 12 and 13. Ideal for progression into Further and Higher Education. Recommended for small cohorts running across an academic year with a strong emphasis on independent study.
  • How can I get my school, college or community organisation involved?

    We have a dedicated Arts Award Outreach Officer who can support your school, college or community organisation to deliver Arts Award.

    If you are already running an existing Arts Award programme or would like to get started please get in touch with Marie by emailing or calling 01252 892787.

Upcoming Opportunities

Arts Award Holiday Clubs

Applications to UCA's free creative Holiday Clubs are now open!

Holiday Clubs are open to targeted young people in Years 9-13, giving them the chance to achieve their Bronze Arts Award. 

Arts Award Masterclasses

Applications to UCA's free creative Masterclasses are now open! 

These one day Masterclasses give targeted young people in years 9-13 the chance to achieve their Discover Arts Award whilst taking part in creative workshops and meeting practicing artists. 

Arts Award Adviser Training

Staff at KaMCOP partner schools, colleges and community organisations have the opportunity to train as an Arts Award Adviser for FREE as part of our collaborative outreach offer. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents whilst achieving a recognised qualification, and Advisers support and encourage young people working towards their Awards. 

This training is suitable for anyone who works with young people aged 11 to 25 and meets the requirements outlined in the Arts Award Adviser person specification.

The training will enable attendees to deliver Bronze (Level 1) and Silver (Level 2) Arts Award qualifications to young people at your school, college or community organisation. In addition to this, we are also offering Discover and Explore (introductory level), and Gold (Level 3 - worth 16 UCAS points) training sessions.

Please note, you do not need to be an Arts teacher to be trained as an Adviser, and you are fully trained after attending the session with no additional coursework required. This training also stays with you if you choose to move to another organisation, so is great for CPD. If your school, college or community organisation isn’t yet delivering Arts Award, this is a great first step.

UCA run regular Arts Award training days for all levels - please see below to book spaces on our upcoming dates. 

July 2020 training dates:

Please contact for more information regarding upcoming dates. 

Working in partnership

UCA are also pleased to announce that we have been named as an Arts Award Trinity Champion Centre 2020/21 for our successful support and delivery of Arts Award qualifications, and commitment to facilitating arts and culture for young people. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about KaMCOP at UCA, please contact us: 

01252 892787