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Trinity College London Arts Award

Why this award?

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Through progressing through the five levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
  • experience arts events
  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

Find out more about the impact of Arts Award on young people.

See the 2022/23 Arts Award Guide

Who is it for?

There are no entry requirements for Arts Award and Arts Award advisers can choose which level to entry their young people based on their experience.

Arts Award is available to any young person up to the age of 25.

What time commitment is required?

Qualification TitleGuided learning hours (GLH)Independent learning hours (ILH)Total qualification time (TQT)
Arts Award Discover  20 hours (recommended)
Arts Award Explore25 hours10 hours35 hours
Bronze Arts Award40 hours20 hours60 hours
Silver Arts Award60 hours35 hours95 hours
Gold Arts Award90 hours60 hours150 hours

Is the award externally accredited?

Arts Award qualifications are regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and by Qualifications Wales. The awarding organisation is Trinity College London (TCL). Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

Arts Award is currently not levelled on the SCQF. Read more on accreditation and SCQF equivalence HERE

Case study: 

Young Artist Achieves Gold Arts Award with Dyslexia Scotland  

Why Run Arts Award?

Provider: Trinity College London

Website: Click here

Budget: Award Fee

For Ages: 10 - 25

Time to Complete: 35 - 150 Hours


  • Volunteering
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Achievement
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills

Type of Involvement:

  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Away from home
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience
  • UCAS Recognition
  • Qualifications Authority Accredited

Meeting Frequency: Ad Hoc


Contact Arts Award Team on 020 7820 6178, or send an email.