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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The International Award is a prestigious award, appreciated by universities and employers at an international level.

Three Levels

The Programme is based around three Levels, each successive one requiring a greater degree of commitment.

  1. BRONZE is for those over 14. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 6 months

  2. SILVER is for those over 15. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 12 months

  3. GOLD is for those over 16. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 18 months

Four Sections

To gain an Award, participants must complete activities in four Sections for a specified minimum period of time. Participants decide what they would like to do for each Section.


Participants engage with their community and discover the impact they can have through:

  1. Community service projects

  2. Coaching a sport

  3. Helping in the Primary and Middle School

  4. More specialized training such as lifesaving, first aid or rescue services.

​Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey is about adventure and discovery. Students take part in a hiking/orienteering trip in the nearby mountains, for which they will be trained. Preparation, self sufficiency, physical fitness and self-reliance are the key elements. There is a practice trip for each expedition.


The Skills Section is about developing personal interests and learning practical skills. There are almost limitless possibilities to choose from. There is no set standard that participants must reach: they set their own goals and measure their progress against them. Eg. learning an instrument, leading a committee, creating a puppet show.

Physical Recreation

By undertaking some form of organized and regular physical activity, participants show perseverance and improve their fitness. Their goal is to record their individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, and archery.

Residential Project

This is only a requirement at Gold Level. It aims to broaden experience through living and working with others (who are not everyday companions). The project takes place over a period of five consecutive days. It requires resilience, adaptability and consideration for others.