Shiamak Arts Award Offer

Children and young people up to the age of 16 can take part in a Arts Award qualification as an additional offer to the online Spring term.


What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. It allows participants to complete their award across 5 levels; Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within any of these levels the focus of the content is on arts appreciation, generating a deeper understanding of the arts through active research and participation, documentation of findings, and presentation in portfolios for moderation. All awards are recognised on the QCF framework, with Gold at the highest level providing UCAS points for a participant’s university application.

This term we are offering the Explore Arts Award, for those who have already completed the Discover Arts Award with us in the past.

What is Explore Arts Award?

Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level (Entry 3) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for ages 7+. To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence of their experiences of:

  • taking part in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what has inspired them about taking part
  • the work of artists or craftspeople and arts organisations
  • creating a piece of artwork
  • sharing with others what they have enjoyed and/or achieved through completing their Arts Award

This award is open for all pre-teens, under 16’s and children who have previously achieved Discover Arts Award.

How will this work alongside Shiamak practical classes?

Our team of education specialists at Aakash Odedra Company are all Arts Award advisors and will support each child or young person through their award. Alongside practical Shiamak classes, each participant will get an individual Explore Arts Award task sent weekly via email. These will be collated throughout the duration of the term to form a Explore Arts Award portfolio, which will then be submitted for moderation, allowing each participant to receive their own official certification for completion of the programme.

Some weeks may require participants (and parents if necessary) to join a Zoom chat to discuss and set work, other weeks will see tasks just sent via email. Our education team are available to respond to any questions or queries regarding the work via email or a phone call.

What commitment is required?

Children and young people will only be able to take part in the Explore Arts Award opportunity if they are completing a whole batch/term of Shiamak classes (we will not be able to support participants who only choose the ‘drop in’ option). The award itself requires approximately 20 hours of participation, though this also includes the weekly Shiamak practical sessions, and therefore will easily be achieved within the set timeframe. In order for participants to pass their award, we will require all elements of the Explore Arts Award pack to be completed by the end of the term.

What is the cost?

We will not be charging participants for weekly Arts Award support, as this is an additional offer we would like to give our students. There is however a cost for the moderation and certification of the Explore Arts Award which is £20 per participant. This payment is required at the registration stage on our Class4Kids booking website.

Can I find any more information?

Please download the document below for further information: