Arts Award Adviser Training

If you work with children or young people have you thought about being an Arts Award Adviser?

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is…

…a range of unique qualifications. Arts Award 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.

Why Deliver Arts Award in Your Setting?

Arts Award is a unique award for children and young people. It can be delivered by anyone who works with children. You don’t need to be an arts expert.

Whether you are a primary teacher or college lecturer, Arts Award is flexible and offers an appropriate level of challenge. You adapt Arts Award to fit your young people. If you work in a cultural venue or heritage site Arts Award can complement your schools and participatory projects. Whatever your role, Arts Award can bring engage and inspire the young people you work with.

“I enjoy delivering Arts Award. You see children becoming more confident. It opens up new possibilities for young people. Encouraging self-reflection though Arts Award helps them understand what they have achieved and I really get to know about their interests and ambitions.” Elizabeth Kane Learning Officer

Benefits for Young People

Don’t take our word read more about the Arts Award impact study here:

And if you work in schools watch ‘Arts Award in Every School’.

There are also a wonderful range of case studies here

What does Arts Award Involve?

There are five levels of Arts Award:

  • Discover is a non-accredited introductory award. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and share their experiences with others. As the adviser you make sure learners have achieved all the criteria for this award and is no external moderation.
  • Explore is accredited as an entry level 3 qualification. Children and young people take part in a range of arts activities, research an artist and arts organisation, create a piece of artistic work and present what they’ve learned and enjoyed on their journey.
  • Bronze is a level 1 national qualification. Young people need to be at least 11 years old. When working towards Bronze young people take part in an arts activity, go to an arts event writing a review, research someone in the arts and shares their skills with others.Silver is a level 2 qualification and has two units that cover ‘arts practice’ and ‘arts leadership’. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.
  • Gold Arts Award is the highest level at level 3 and is also recognised on the UCAS tariff (16 points). Young people will complete two units – unit 1: personal arts development and unit 2: arts projects leadership. Gold involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people think of Discover and Explore as being suitable for younger learners, but they can be used with young people up to 25 years old. They can be a great addition to an arts week in a school, a short project ran in a cultural or heritage venue, or help those additional needs enjoy and achieve in the arts. If you are a primary school teacher we’d recommend Discover and Explore training would be the best fit.

You can watch a short video of frequently asked questions produced by The Treasure Group at The Customs House here.

Its also worth noting Arts Award which is for young people can support schools’ Artsmark Award applications. In the North East contact The Forge to find out more about Artsmark.

How do I become an Adviser?

You’ve taken the decision to become an Arts Award Award Adviser. You’re about to start an exciting creative journey.

To become an adviser, you need to book onto a training course through the Arts Award website. The Customs House does not take bookings direct. Click here to find out more and book.

Select the course level you wish to complete either ‘Discover and Explore’ or ‘Bronze and Silver’ and select the North East Region. You will then see all public training courses currently available and the cost to book. There is also information about requirements and costs for in-house training.

Who delivers the training?

The Customs House and Creative Learning North East are the Arts Award training agencies for the North East. Your training willtake place in Newcastle or South Shields (unless you have enough people wishing to become advisers and opt for in-house training).

The Customs House in South Shields delivers ‘Discover and Explore’ and ‘Bronze and Silver’ training. This is led by Fiona Martin Deputy Director of Learning and Participation. The Customs House supports Culture Bridge North East with the delivery of their strategic Arts Award support programme.

If you book on a Newcastle course it is delivered by Creative Learning North East by Jane Gray. Jane is a trainer, moderator and leads on Trinity Colleges Arts Award Support offer in the region.

If you have any questions about Arts Award speak to the friendly team at the Arts Award help desk. For more details see

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