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Arts Award (Accredited Programme)


Bow Arts provides an accredited Arts Award Adviser/Lead Artist to deliver a structured programme of creative arts activities, tailored to the individual needs and interests of the participants in the group. The framework of the programme varies at each level of the award, but broadly covers:

  • Taking Part in the Arts – working towards an individual arts challenge
  • Being an audience member – attending an arts event/s
  • Researching arts practitioners, their careers or local arts opportunities
  • Arts Apprenticeship/Leadership – leading an arts activity with peers or another group and/or supporting a professional practising artist in their work

Suggested guided learning hours at each level of the award are:

40 – Bronze                    60 – Silver                    90 - Gold

Arts Award can be delivered as an alternative curriculum programme, as part of core curriculum delivery (at KS3, GCSE, A Level), or as an after school, holiday or enrichment activity.

School Improvement:

Curriculum Programme | Raising Attainment

  • Alternative curriculum provision with a targeted learner group OR whole year group – KS3, KS4 or KS5
  • Targeted learner groups: tackling underachievement; nurturing talent; young people with Special Educational Needs
  • Supports GCSE/A Level coursework
  • Supports independent learning

The Arts:

Skills Development | Qualifications

  • Accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Levels 1, 2 or 3 (Level 3 studies carrying 35 UCAS points)
  • Skills-based programmes, including elements of leadership, research and investigation
  • Supports Artsmark applications
  • Artist Studio and/or Gallery visits

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist-led workshop sessions in school
  • Original artworks – 2D, 3D and/or digital artworks
  • Student leadership activities with peers or another group
  • Gallery or artist studio visit
  • Student exhibition or showcase

Outcomes and Impact (taken from a recent KS4 targeted Programme):

  • 100% of participants gained an additional accredited qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3.
  • 100% of participants demonstrated new skills in the creation of original artwork
  • 92% of participants reported an increase in confidence following their leadership activities


"The girls gained valuable skills in communication as part of their leadership sessions – teaching a new found skill to others. They also very successfully organised a group exhibition of their work, learnt new skills about working in a team and the practical issues involved in curating and assembling an exhibition." Lead Artist

“There is clear evidence of quality arts activity, inspiring journeys, and the young people talked passionately about their Arts Award experience.” External Moderator

Project Costs:

From £1,965 + materials (based on five workshop days @£270 + two co-ordination, assessment and moderation days + planning @ £75) + registration and moderation costs – approx. £27 per young person

Costs vary dependent on the number of young people and workshop sessions

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