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Arts Award Explore

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Explore the Arts

Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level (Entry 3) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for ages 7 and above, but is open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • taking part in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what has inspired them about taking part
  • the work of artists or craftspeople and arts organisations
  • creating a piece of art work
  • sharing with others what they have enjoyed and/or achieved through completing their Arts Award

Learners can work at their own pace for this qualification. Portfolios can be created in any format. Learners can use written work, non-written media such as digital, online portfolio or appropriate social platforms to record work for their evidence.

Arts Award Explore aims to enable learners to develop a basic understanding of a range of art forms, artists and arts organisations, to commit to taking part in arts activities and to demonstrate basic communication skills. Learners do this by taking part in different arts activities and recording what inspires them, experiencing the work of artists and arts organisations, creating art work and presenting their exploration to others. They create a personal arts log (portfolio) to record their experiences in a format of their choice.

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.

What You’ll Learn

The Arts Award qualifications are designed to inspire learners up to the age of 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Most of all, they aim to support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities and from all backgrounds and cultures to engage and participate in the arts. From the initial Arts Award Discover level, all the way through to Gold Arts Award, these qualifications offer a variety of ways to approach creative and wider skills development, that can be tailored to the centre, adviser and learners.

Through Arts Award, learners will achieve a national qualification that will build confidence through nurturing their individual interests, while also equipping them with life skills that will support their education and future employment.

To achieve their Arts Award, learners take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. They create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative work and progress along the way, and they are supported by an adult, who has trained as an Arts Award adviser and acts as an assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Arts Award recognises all art forms ranging from fashion to poetry, rapping to dance, sculpture to film and arts administration to backstage roles, providing assessment opportunities for many different learners and offering freedom of choice within the framework. This enables them to play to their strengths and express their creative identity through art form options and portfolio presentation. Arts Award is designed as a flexible, personalised, learning programme in which those taking part have choice and control.

With our unique approach to learning, you can study from home, school, work, or at one of our academies.

You will be assigned a tutor, who will introduce themselves before the course begins.

Throughout the course, they will:

  • set tasks and assignments
  • mark your assignments and give feedback to help you improve
  • guide you to learning resources
  • support you, whether with general study skills or help with a specific topic.

Who is this Course For?

Arts Award Discover and Arts Award Explore qualifications are open to learners up to the age of 25, with Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award open to learners from age 11 up to 25.

There are no formal prerequisite qualifications and there is no requirement to have passed a particular level to progress to the next. However, the levels represent a system of progression:

  • Arts Award Discover is designed for ages 5–9 (particularly for Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2) but is open to anyone aged up to 25.
  • Arts Award Explore is designed for ages 7–11 (particularly for upper Key Stage 2) but is open to anyone aged up to 25.
  • Bronze Arts Award is designed for ages 11–14 but is open to anyone aged from 11 up to 25. This qualification is working at the same standard as GCSE grades D–G/3–1.
  • Silver Arts Award is designed for ages 14–16 but is open to anyone aged from 11 up to 25. This qualification is working at the same standard as GCSE grades A*–C/9–4.
  • Gold Arts Award is designed for ages 16 plus but is open to anyone aged from 11 up to 25. This qualification is working at the same standard as an A level.

Course Fee & How To Book Your Place

Currently HALF PRICE at £60. The usual cost of this course is £120, however, we are currently offering it for HALF PRICE at £60 to help children connect with others and to continue their studies during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Available Start Dates

18th May 2020 (registration closes 16th May 2020)

How to Book a Place

To book your place on our upcoming course you will need to fill out the enquiry form below and one of our Arts Award Advisors will be in touch with you.

We limit the size of this course to 25 students at a time. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please book in good time to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

After Arts Award Explore, learners may wish to progress onto Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award.

MLC also offers qualifications for learners wanting to specialise in developing skills in music production, theory, jazz, rock and pop performance, and teacher training.

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