Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that inspire children and young people from 5 up to 25 to get involved in art in all its forms from dance, drama and music to fine art, sculpture and digital art. It develops creative, rounded learners who can use their skills across the curriculum and take these skills into the wider world.

Introducing Discover at Home
As the world is facing unprecedented challenge Trinity College London has developed Discover at Home which will be available throughout the current period.

Discover at Home enables children to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy and supports them to connect with their local museums, theatres and arts activities they like, online or at home, and explore new ones, until it’s possible to visit them again. Arts Award Discover can also be completed in more normal times, usually in partnership with school or a local arts organisation.

Discover at Home is a fantastic way to keep children engaged in the arts and creativity while they are at home. With easy to follow guidance and lots of suggestions for arts, craft and creative activities, Discover at Home is a great option for parents & carers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained.

Trinity College London has developed a resource pack to enable families to engage with Discover at Home.

For more information contact Trinity College London team.  

Arts Connect Discover Arts Award online programme

Arts Connect have partnered with 23 arts, cultural and education settings across the West Midlands to offer young people in their local areas the opportunity to achieve Discover Arts Award certification. The organisations taking part in the Discover Arts Award online programme have developed online creative programmes with arts professionals, teachers, parents and young people to create a range of exciting digital and ‘physical’ arts activities that can be accessed safely from school or home.

We will be following the journey of the organisations and young people involved in the Discover Arts Award online programme throughout the summer and will celebrating everyone’s achievements later in the year.

To find out more please contact Becky Thompson. 

There are no entry requirements for Arts Award, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.

Through Arts Award children and young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment.

Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are recognised as Entry Level 3 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level. So there are levels to cover all age ranges, talents and skill-sets.

Find out more about Arts Award if you are a:


Youth and Community organisation

Arts and Cultural organisations

Museums and Heritage 

Music Education 

Further Education 

Access and Inclusion 

  • Life skills- through completing an Arts Award young people develop key transferable skills such as increased confidence, leadership and organisational skills.
  • Accreditation- Arts Award is a respected and universal qualification.
  • Arts Choices- Arts Award encourages young people to explore a range of art forms and ideas.
  • Entrepreneurial skills- Arts Award encourages independent learning, communication and networking skills.
  • Creativity for life- Arts Award provides a window into the cultural sector helping children and young people to develop an understanding of future employment possibilities in the creative industries.

By completing an Arts Award programme young people are given the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and shape their learning.
  • Develop their leadership and peer mentoring skills.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Undertake personalised and independent learning.
  • Apply their learning.
  • Gain accreditation.
  • Develop an understanding of portfolio assessment.
  • Research and explore diverse sources.
  • Learn outside the classroom.
  • Develop non-art skills.

We offer a range of support to professionals who work with young people – we can give you more information on Arts Award and how you can become an Adviser or we can help you develop your offer if you are already trained.

We also offer financial support to schools and organisations who are interested in starting Arts Award in their settings or progressing beyond offering one level of Arts Award.

Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. An Adviser is a trained adult who supports young people in gaining arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, art practitioners, youth workers and volunteers can all train as advisers. For more information about Arts Award training click here.

Your education, arts or cultural setting can become an Arts Award centre for young people to use as a base to complete their award. To become a centre you will need at least one trained Arts Award adviser. Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way to-

  • Strengthen links with young people, schools, arts practitioners and youth groups.
  • Gives cause for partnership working.
  • Build and promote your offer arts and cultural to young people.
  • Kick-starts and enriches new arts programmes.
  • Develop your existing work with young people through the Arts Award framework.

To find out more about becoming an Arts Award centre click here.

Why become an Arts Connect Creative Innovation centre?
Creative Innovation Centres will receive-

  • Regular opportunities to showcase the creative achievements of their young people through Arts Connect case studies, blogs and Arts Award events.
  • One to one support with Arts Award programme planning, delivery, assessment and moderation.
  • Support to build partnership and network opportunities for staff and young people.
  • Recognition of high quality creative and cultural programme delivery through Arts Connect Creative Innovation Centre status certification and logo.
  • Financial support to ensure programme plans and aims can be successfully achieved; this includes Arts Award training, resources, event tickets, workshop/ creative practitioner fees, resources to meet specific access needs, moderation costs and reimbursing schools/organisations for any staff cover that is incurred due to agreed Arts Award programme activities (up to two full days.) This will be agreed before programme delivery begins.

Full details and how to apply here. 

Application form here. 

Deadline for proposals is Friday 1 May 5pm.

The Arts Award Young Leaders Fund aims to support young people facing barriers to engagement with arts and cultural opportunities; we want to enable young people to access high quality arts and cultural experiences, grow their creative leadership skills and achieve Arts Award accreditation. Through our Young Leaders Fund we will offer support to secondary schools, SEND schools, colleges and FE settings in the West Midlands to embed the Arts Award framework within their creative programmes and enhance opportunities for young people’s creative leadership development.


As part of our Arts Award Young Leaders Fund we offer Arts Award training for up to two members of staff and a contribution of £500 to support Arts Award programmes. Successful applicants will work with ‘youth leadership specialists’ over two days (½ day CPD, ½ day planning session and full day student workshop) to amplify youth leadership opportunities within their Arts Award programme. We will also provide access to an Arts Award expert to ensure successful Arts Award delivery, assessment and moderation.



  • Open to West Midlands secondary schools, SEND schools, colleges and FE settings working with young people (11-25 years) delivering or planning to deliver Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award.
  • We are not able to award funding to applicants who are already receiving Arts Award funding from Arts Connect. If you require clarification please contact the lead programme contact at Arts Connect.


Arts Award Young Leaders Fund Aims: 

  • To improve access to arts and cultural opportunities for young people facing barriers to engagement.
  • To build opportunities for young people to develop their creative leadership skills.
  • To support teachers and schools to grow their youth leadership development strategies.
  • To support education settings aiming to deliver Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award within their KS3, KS4 or KS5 arts/creative curriculum.


Arts Award Young Leaders Funding Includes:

  • Contribution towards Arts Award delivery and moderation costs – £500 (one off payment)
  • Arts Award Training for up to two members of staff – Worth up to £400
  • Two days youth leadership focused CPD, planning and student workshops – Worth up to £500

Successful applicants to the Arts Award Young Leaders Fund will provide information on how their programme/s supports Arts Connect aims above. If you are unsure whether your planned Arts Award programme supports our funding aims please get in touch with Becky Thompson our Arts Award Manager at


Full details of the criteria necessary for applying to our Young Leaders Fund can be found here.

The application form can be found here.

Key investment applications dates 2021

Important Dates and Availability:

  • Arts Award Fund Activity
  • Round Opens Monday 17th May 2021
  • Online information session (optional) Thursday 1st July 2021
  • Round Closes Friday 17th September 2021
  • Decisions Released by Friday 17th September 2021
  • Arts Award Training November 2021 TBC
  • Youth Leadership CPD session January 2022 TBC
  • Youth leadership planning session Co-ordinated with schools between January and April 2022.
  • Youth Leadership student workshops Co-ordinated with schools between January to April 2022.
  • Arts Award Support Sessions July 2022 TBC
  • Reporting Deadline Friday 17th March 2023

Get in touch

Please contact Becky Thompson, Arts Award Manager, if you need further information or details.