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The Arts (Gold Arts Award) Level 3 Certificate at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

Gold Arts Award develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25

Course content

Gold Arts Award has two units:
Unit 1. Personal Arts Development. You will extend yourself as an artist, explore the professional arts world and form a view on an arts issue.

You will cover four vital areas of interest for anyone working in the arts:

1. Arts practice: you will gain experience of a new area of the arts and produce new art work by working with a more advanced practitioner.
2. The wider arts sector: you will get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research.
3. Research and review: you will attend and review high quality arts events, reflect on how they influence your work, and also find out about the artists and their career paths.
4. Forming a view: you will make the case for an arts issue that you care about, investigate the arguments around it and present their view and findings to others.

Unit 1. Arts Projects Leadership. You will take charge of running an arts project, build your skills as an effective leader and deliver your project to a public audience.

In Unit 2, at Gold Level, your leadership project needs to show how you have taken independent responsibility for every aspect of the arts project, from planning stages to delivery, followed by evaluation.

To complete this unit, you need to:

Plan: prepare an arts leadership project, identifying aims and organising people and resources.

Do: deliver your project, manage its production and share it with the public

Review: collect feedback from participants, audience, and other stakeholders and evaluate the project accurately.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


You will plan your work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating your own Arts Award portfolio. You can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether.

Future opportunities

Arts Award Gold carries UCAS points and is widely recognised by universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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