October marks 10 years since Arts Award was launched, and we are celebrating with a 10 month bonanza. Today is officially Start Your Arts Award Day, where young people around the UK can embark on an Arts Award journey at the same time. Many will be completing their Arts Award through their local centre, although you can also pledge to complete it here.
There are five levels of Arts Award: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The latter four are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and Gold is a level 3 qualification, which comes with 35 UCAS points.
If you're at University already, or don't intend to go into Higher Education, then the UCAS points probably hold less importance to you. Luckily, Arts Award is more than just a means of securing UCAS points. It is the opportunity to get engrossed in the art you already love, by encouraging you to connect with other artists and collaborate. You will also have a portfolio of work, which will be great for taking to interviews to demonstrate your skills and interests.
Diana Walton, Arts Award Development Lead, Trinity College London, said, 'In Arts Award's 10th birthday year we want to celebrate young people's artistic achievements, in all shapes and sizes. Our aspiration is for a quarter of a million Arts Awards to be achieved by young people, so let's all make that happen!'
Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and the programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Read more about each of the levels here.