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Gold Arts Award at Ormiston Sudbury Academy

Course description

Unit 1 – Personal Arts Development

Within Unit 1, you will complete 4 challenges:

Arts Practice – Develop your own practice and develop new skills.

The Wider Arts Sector – Get involved in the arts through placements, volunteering, training, work experience or by shadowing a professional.

Research and Review – Attend and review arts events, see how they influence your work, and find out about artists and their career paths.

Forming a View – Make the case for an arts issue that you care about, investigate the arguments around it and present your view to others.

Unit 2 – Arts Leadership

Take charge of running an arts project, build your skills as an effective leader and deliver your project to a public audience.

Your leadership project needs to show how you have taken independent responsibility for every aspect of leading an arts project, from planning stages to delivery, followed by evaluation. To complete this unit, you’ll need to:

Plan – Identify the aims of your project and organise people/resources

Do – Deliver your project and share it with the public.

Review – Collect feedback from participants, audience, and other stakeholders and evaluate the project accurately.

Entry requirements

The Arts Award is for anyone who wants to develop their creative, communication and leadership skills. It’s particularly suited to students who are considering pursuing a career in the ‘arts’ industry. Ideally you will have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Music Tech, Photography or another relevant qualification prior to starting this course; however this is not compulsory. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing the Gold Arts Award. It will take you around 90 hours to complete the course, working with your adviser and independently. Most students start the Arts Award in Year 12 and work on it alongside their other A Level or BTEC courses for the duration of their time in the Sixth Form.


You’ll record your progress and achievement throughout the Gold Arts Award by creating your own portfolio of evidence. There are no set rules on how you present your work; you choose your own style and format – written accounts/journal entries/audio clips/video diary/slide show/webpage… or anything else that works for you.

Future opportunities

You’ll achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. The Gold Arts Award is recognised on the UCAS Tariff and is worth 35 points. On this course you will learn a number of transferable skills which will allow you to move on to higher education if you wish to continue your studies. Studying for the Gold Arts Award will extend and develop your creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills.It also helps to build self-esteem and confidence.

This course is also designed to prepare you for working professionally within the creative industry and it forms a realistic platform to pursue a range of careers within this field including: performer, director, designer, musician, composer, dancer, choreographer, photographer, artist, graphic/web designer, film-maker, scriptwriter, TV/Radio presenter, animator, poet/ writer, teacher, fashion designer…

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Sudbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years