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The Arts Award

What is it?

The Gold Arts Award offered by Trinity College London is a QCF Level 3 qualification which is recognised on the UCAS Tariff (16 points on new scale).
It is a portfolio based qualification where students submit evidence for moderation of achieving the necessary assessment criteria.
This is offered to Lower Sixth Students as a +1 option and aimed at those who are choosing at least one Arts A Level (Art, Drama & Theatre, Music, English Literature). It links extremely well to CHS's Arts Pathway but may also be enhanced by the Business & Enterprise Pathway. It will highlight the possibilities of further study and careers in the Creative Arts Industries as well as focusing on highly desirable independent study and leadership skills.
It aims to:
  • Foster a greater appreciation for the Arts within the local and wider community
  • Extend students’ knowledge of a variety of art forms and develop students’ cultural literacy
  • Combine creative, entrepreneurial and professional skills to prepare students for life at work
  • Develop Project Management skills; as self-managers, independent thinkers, team workers
  • Enhance students’ skills and personal attributes with new challenges that will develop them as more ‘rounded’ young people and prepare them for higher education or employment
  • Develop leadership skills within a specific and measurable context
  • Stimulate critical and contextual  thinking and develop a desire for knowledge, stimulation, understanding and creativity.
  • Give students the opportunity to make links with local & national arts practitioners and providers
  • Allow the opportunity for students to be involved in outreach projects in the local and wider community


What is the course?

It consists of two units.

Unit 1: Personal Arts Development

Students are required to:

  • Extend existing arts practice by working in a new arts area

  • Identify development opportunities within wider arts sector

  • Research advanced practitioners and review arts events

  • Form and communicate a view on an arts issue investigated


Unit 2: Leadership of an Arts Project

Students are required to:

  • Identify project aims and outcomes

  • Organise people and resources

  • Manage the effectiveness of the project

  • Manage a public showing of the project

  • Review leadership development and find effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience and other stakeholders

How is it delivered?

Teaching staff are primarily there as facilitators to guide individuals (for Unit 1) and groups (for Unit 2). Much of the actual work towards the award will be done independently but the taught lessons will involve work on planning/ preparing for particular events/ collecting and collating portfolio evidence/ reviewing evidence & progress.

Actual ‘Arts’ content will primarily come from the students’ own A Level lessons, co-curricular activities and from  Arts Pathway activities as well as placements/ work shadowing etc. that they organise themselves as part of the award. This is particularly aimed at allowing students to develop arts experience in areas that are not usually available as part of the A Level specifications. These might include video or film-making, photography, dance, pod-casting, puppetry, music technology/production and almost anything else a student might be interested in.

Students are required to attend at least 3 arts events (gallery visits/ music concert or recital/ theatre trip) in order to adequately prepare for Unit 1. Some of these would be student organised in order to encourage independent learning

An overview of the delivery:

Autumn Term  (primarily working on Unit 1)

  • Introduction to award requirements

  • Planning of individual Arts Practice element

  • Choosing a practitioner to research and completing this element

  • One or two ‘Arts visits’

  • Reviewing arts events (choosing medium in which to review- e.g. write article in The Waconian, record a podcast, film a review for YouTube)

  • Portfolio evidence collection / review

Spring Term (primarily working on Unit 2)

  • Planning of Unit 2 project begins (list given of possible choices- see below)

  • Groups & roles decided

  • Aspects to be ‘taught’- budgeting, strategy planning, marketing, event planning, health & safety, communication, market research, planning for collection of feedback, reviewing, leadership skills etc.

  • Portfolio evidence collection/ review

  • One or two further ‘Arts visits’

  • Reviewing arts events (choosing medium in which to review- e.g. write article in The Waconian, record a podcast, film a review for YouTube) (if not completed in Term 1)

Summer Term (Unit 2/ moderation)

  • Likely date for delivery of project for Unit 2

  • Portfolio evidence collection/ review

  • Overseeing of project/ collection of required feedback

  • Deadline for portfolio of evidence (June?)*

  • Moderation (June)*

*This deadline & final moderation could be extended into Autumn term of U6th year if project date is late in year or following year (e.g. Sixth Form Play in November)


Want to know more?

Contact Ms Clare Harms (Director of Drama) or Mrs Claire Bennett (Art Department)