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Creative Careers Graded Programme

The world's first accredited creative careers programme for young people aged 5 - 18 years.

A new style of qualification that builds a young person's passion and interest in their creative opportunities as they grow.

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Giving teachers and students freedom to produce their own creative content to target school priorities.

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A creative programme that can be taught to all school students aged 5 - 18, regardless of their interest and career ambitions.

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Validated by U.K based awarding body GQAL, preparing for Ofqual regulation.

Whilst the creative industries themselves are a huge part of most national economies, ‘out of the box’ thinkers and creatives are needed in every walk of life. Creative Ed International's Creative Careers Graded Programmes provide the necessary transitional skills needed by all young people as they mature and build their aspirations.


The creative industry is a huge sector of income and employability globally. Creative Ed International (CEI) have recognised that whilst there are many technical programmes available, there is a need for a new, fresh, knowledge-based programme that can be delivered to young people, that raises awareness of this sector and the opportunities available within this industry. All whilst teaching the myriad of transitional skills that creative activities provide.

The captivating themes within the Creative Careers Solo Examinations and Cast Commendations embed the knowledge learning around an exciting practical task. These tasks can be worked into a school’s day-to-day curriculum or operations, for example, in school plays or assemblies. Private arts schools can use this programme to complement and add industry knowledge to a practical technique syllabus or end of year showcase.

CEI programmes have been accredited by the Graded Qualification Alliance (GQAL) to assist teachers and centres to be able to offer their students a recognised, U.K regulated, supportive programme to enhance:

  • Creative thinking and life skills.

  • Learning about creative career options.

  • The recognition and use of their transitional skills.

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Countries around the world rely on the creative economy to produce jobs and growth, to stimulate innovation, to fuel tourism and to promote culture

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The focus on creativity has improved results across the school, not just among the musically gifted.

Programme Structure

This programme is a series of eight stair cased levels, called grades. Starting at age five years, students can join this learning journey at any stage. Each grade incorporates creative thinking, knowledge of employment opportunities and job roles within the creative industry. Learning is based around a creative performance project that is flexible to the aims, resources, culture and religion of the schools and institutions. For example; schools may wish to follow the complete programme using public speaking or sample other art forms such as acting, singing, dance, poetry, spoken word, or commercial and film experiences like photoshoots or TV advertising.

The Creative Careers Graded Programme offers two pathways:

Solo Examinations

The Solo Examination pathways are accredited by U.K based awarding body 'GQAL'. Made up of a series of eight stair cased grades, in which the candidates are examined individually.

Cast Commendations

The Cast Commendation pathway is CEI's non accredited group programme. It consists of eight levels starting with short group performances, progressing to a full scale production. Students will learn how to work as a team and produce a practical performance from concept to delivery. 

With no set work to learn in either pathways, the CEI Creative Career Graded Programme provides creative freedom to both student and teacher, making it easy fit into busy timetables and allowing space for different cultural nuances and social priorities.

Programme Strands
Programme Strands



The theatre industry strand teaches students about the variety of job roles on and off the stage whilst taking part in a practical creative project. The practical element can in the form of acting, singing, dancing, spoken word, poetry or public speaking. 

Commercial Dance Industry

The commercial industry strand teaches students about the different employment scenarios a commercial artiste may find themselves in whilst taking part in a practical creative commercial dance project. The practical element must be performed in a commercial dance style.

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Classical Dance Industry

The classical industry strand teaches students about the variety of roles found within the classical industry whilst taking part in a practical creative classical dance performance. The practical element should be performed in a classical dance style. 

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How can this programme benefit your educational environment?

How can this programme benefit your educational environment

Further or Higher Education

A structured youth programme catering for all abilities and interests that can be used off the shelf to enhance access and participation programmes as either short bite, intensive, or overtime support programmes for access to creative sector courses. Grade 8 (level 3) can be run as a summer school to prepare potential students’ access materials for FE/HE course destination applications.

Mainstream Private and State Funded Schools

Careers and industry information, advice, creative mind engagement, confidence and life skill development, aligned to international baccalaureate CAS therefore offering a dual award for the same time spent, school careers information priorities. Or a way to add an affordable stream of creative activity or arts into your school, working with time constraints, government priorities, financial and resource boundaries.

Part time, Extracurricular and Community Settings 

Flexible and workable as tools for achievement and engagement / access. Short bite support for all educational environments to address social priorities, engage young people and provide alternative educational structure with accreditation points.

Full or Part Time Performing

Arts Schools

To use as a qualification tool to expose students to the wider scope of careers in the arts and creative sector. Can be used as a support mechanism in tandem with other technical graded programmes, to give context to the exercises and tasks students perform for examinations, recitals, or competitions. It also works to retain senior students in part time schools and supports students’ college destination preparation.

Programme Aims

CEI's suite of Creative Careers Graded Programmes aim to inspire and develop young people's creative instinct and ambition. The programme not only educates students about the wide range of employment opportunities available in one of the fastest-growing global sectors, but also teaches key employability skills for all walks of life..


Students are guided through eight stair cased grades developing their planning, problem solving, communication, self evaluation and various transitional skills for example, budgeting and project management.


Each grade is centred around a fun creative project which highlight the different job roles that the creative industry has to offer. The stimulus for the practical presentation is inspired by the title of the grade for example, grade four in the 'Theatre Industry' strand is titled 'Theatre Future'. Here the candidates are required to produce a practical presentation centred around futuristic ideas and the integration of Artificial Intelligence within theatre, alongside conducting independent research into the future of theatre. This can either be produced individually or as a whole class project.


The programme is aimed at developing creative skills to be used in ALL industries through existing creative mediums. To encourage and inspire creative thinking in all walks of life.

You can't use up creativity. The more you have the more you use.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Programme Aims
Approved Centre Status

Schools are required to register as a CEI Approved Centre to deliver any CEI programmes. This is to ensure that the centre has considered its viability to deliver the programmes to its students in a safe and inclusive environment. Approved Centre Status allows acccess to teach CEI's complete suite of programmes.


Prospective CEI centres select their approval package based on the number of students that are currently enrolled at the school, complete an online application form and pay for their registration fee. After the payment and application form has been received, the CEI quality assurance team will begin to assess the application. The team might be required to contact the centre if there is any missing information or they require further evidence to officially approve the centre application, CEI want you to become a centre as much as you do and want work with you not against you. 

The approval application covers your ability to work within our policies, health and safety arrangements and to the quality standards, to ensure a competent and inclusive delivery. Once the CEI examinations office has received the application and are satisfied that the centre meets the required criteria, the centre will receive a welcome email with an