Gold Arts Award

Trinity Arts Awards are a range of unique qualifications that support pupils to grow as artists and arts leaders. The courses inspire young people to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through completing challenges in an art form, from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. The course can be completed as an artist or performer, or by carrying out in essential roles such as marketing or stage management.

Pupils can opt to complete the Gold Arts Award programme alongside their choice of three or four A levels in the Sixth Form. The Trinity Gold Arts Award aims to enable learners to develop an understanding of the skills, knowledge and working practices relevant to their own art form, and the ability to take responsibility for their own art form development. Pupils demonstrate that they are able to evaluate and use information to design imaginative plans which can deal with unfamiliar or unexpected problems, analysing and reflecting on the success of the plan and drawing appropriate conclusions. Not only do pupils develop their own arts practice, but they are required to lead others in a large scale arts project. Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and has 16 points on the UCAS tariff.

For further information, please click on the links further down this page to expand them, and also visit the Trinity Arts Awards website.

In the following video, Miss Johnson outlines what to expect from the Gold Arts Award course and, underneath, there is a link to some frequently asked questions about completing the Gold Arts Award:

Click here for the Gold Arts Award FAQs

Structure of the Award

The Award is broken down into two larger units, consisting of various subsections:

Unit 1: Developing your own Art Form

Part A: Extend own arts practice

Pupils integrate inspiration from a new art form into their own specialist art form to create something new. Together with their partner, pupils make and implement a plan, create the new work and share it with others to get feedback and evaluate their success.

Part B: Identify development opportunities within the wider arts sector

Pupils identify and participate in development opportunities through work placements, volunteering, training and workshops in their chosen art form. Pupils keep a development diary to collate their feedback, reflections and evaluations.

Part C: Research advanced practitioners and review arts events

Usually connected to Part B, this section gives pupils the opportunity to meet and engage with professional artists in their work environment. Pupils will explore various career opportunities within the arts, and research organisations that support the professional practitioners they meet. Pupils will also attend a range of arts events, reviewing them throughout the course.

Part D: Form and communicate a view on an arts issue

In this section, pupils have the opportunity to research an issue within the arts that they feel strongly about. They form their own view based on thorough research, which they then present in any format they choose.

Unit 2: Leadership of an Arts Project

Throughout Unit 2, pupils take on a leadership role in a large scale project. Working as part of a team if necessary, each pupil takes individual responsibility for a specific leadership area whilst preparing for a performance; these areas include recording, workshop, exhibition, or even the publication of an arts based website – any public format they choose. The outcome is then shared with an audience in an event which is entirely planned by the pupils.

In 2018, Gold Arts Award pupils used their Unit 2 to produce a large scale school production of Sondheim's Into the Woods. From costume, make up, set and scenery to choreography and chorus rehearsals, pupils had responsibility for a whole range of aspects of the show. Leading teams of younger TWGGS pupils, the Gold Arts Award candidates taught their skills to others and oversaw a range of activities to prepare for the performances. Pupils had insight into the practical planning that goes into arts events, including risk assessments, budget forms, marketing and project time scales. The result of their hard work was a hugely successful production, which will be remembered by many for years to come.

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