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What's involved?

A step-by-step guide to offering Arts Award

So you're interested in offering Arts Award, but aren't quite sure what's involved or how to get going? Just follow these simple steps to start running the qualification at your organisation… 

Step 1 – choose your level 
Arts Award is available at five levels, making it suitable for all learners aged 25 or under. Here you can learn more about the Arts Award levels, and how to pick a starting point that is right for your group.

Or if you want to discuss your options and how Arts Award could work in your organisation, get in touch with one of our team of experts directly.

Step 2 – become a centre
To run Arts Award with young people, you need to become an Arts Award centre; it’s easy and free! Firstly, you’ll need to complete a short application form. Once your application has been validated, you’ll add a few final details to complete your registration. Finally, after you’ve selected the level(s) you plan to offer, staff members can train to be Arts Award advisers via one of our online courses.

Our training courses cover everything you need to know to deliver your chosen Arts Award level. You can book onto one of our advertised online training courses or arrange training for your organisation.

Step 3 – deliver your Arts Award programme
As they work through Arts Award, young people each create a portfolio or arts log showing evidence of their learning, and you'll review these against assessment criteria. If you need help along the way, our website is packed with advice and resources, and we offer free support by email or phone, as well as webinars, and support visits. Also check out our costs page for help with budgeting.

Step 4 – enter young people for Arts Award
When your group’s portfolios have been assessed by the adviser, you can enter young people for Arts Award on the Centre Portal. To do this, you’ll need to complete the enrolment and marks spreadsheet for all young people in order for certificates* to be issued.

We will let you know if you have been selected for moderation to have your assessments validated (but this won’t be needed in most cases, including for Discover where there is no moderation as it's an introductory level).

With your project successfully completed, it's time to celebrate your group's achievements… and plan your next Arts Award programme!

*Individual digital certificates are available for all levels apart from Arts Award Discover which is a paper certificate. 

Do you know your Arts (Award) from your elbow? If you’ve heard about Arts Award and what to know more, why not check out our Myth Busters to find out whether it’s right for you.

Useful links

Arts Award Centre Map

Arts Award Shop

Book Training

Centre portal

Complete your centre registration and enrol young people