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Arts Award & Sports Leaders

Arts Award & Sports Leaders

Barbican Theatre

Barbican Theatre is an Arts Award Centre and authorised to deliver Sports Leaders – we offer young people the chance to take part in national schemes that recognise young people’s development through the arts.

The primary aim of both qualifications is to treat young people as young artists, helping them to develop their own arts practice, to engage with the world of the arts and to share their skills through leadership projects.

Arts Award and Sports Leaders are national qualifications and accessible to any young person aged 11-24, they embrace all cultural interests and backgrounds and are a great addition to any CV or UCAS application.

There are three levels of Arts Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold); Sports Leaders have Levels 1 & 2. They can be entered at any level and participants can be absolute beginners or very skilled in their art form; by the time you have finished you will have gained a level three qualification (equivalent to 35 and 30 UCAS points respectively for Gold Arts Award and Sports Leaders 2).

Click here to read Sophie’s Gold Arts Award blog to find out what’s involved


In Autumn 2014, four GOLD Arts Awards and five Sports Leaders Level 2 qualifications were achieved by young people involved with COMPANY b and the FORCE leadership programme.

This year we have Sports Leaders and four GOLD Arts Awards in process. So if you want to broaden your horizons, extend your creativity and develop communication, teamwork and leadership skills then contact us

Click here to see what Arts Award and Sports Leaders think of our delivery

Aims of the Arts Award at all levels are to:

  • Encourage young people to enjoy and take part in the arts, now and throughout their lives
  • Promote achievement in the arts among young people
  • Provide opportunities for collaborative work and leadership that will promote young people’s broader personal development
  • Help young people to find progression routes in the arts
  • Encourage new art forms, innovation and experimentation