Welcome to the Award

Taking part in the Award isn't easy - it requires commitment over time - but is simple to get started and after all your time and effort you will have achieved something special of which you can be very proud.

 

As an Award participant you will have the chance to:

  • Design your own Award programme
  • Set your own goals and record your progress
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
  • Take up the challenge of an adventurous journey
  • Connect with other Award participants at home and abroad

You can continue with activities you're already taken part in, such as sports or volunteering, and count these towards achieving your Award, or your Award could be an opportunity to try something new and develop a passion for something different.

 

The Bronze Award is the first step to getting involved in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and you can then continue your Award by getting involved at Silver and then Gold levels.

The Silver Award is the second level of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. You may have already been involved at Bronze level and perhaps you will also go on to do your Gold level.

The Gold Award is the final level of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award but it doesn't need to be the end of your Award involvement. You could consider becoming an Award Leader, Adventurous Journey Supervisor or Assessor, or a supporter of the Award.

Start here!

The Award's structure really is quite simple.

So, you've decided to start your Award and you should now be registered on the Online Record Book (ORB). Good Start! To begin with, you need to set up your Award by choosing an activity to do in each section. You can start a new activity or develop your skills further in activities you have already been doing.

Service

Service 

Challenge yourself to be a responsible caring member of the community.

Physical Recreation

Physical Recreation

Challenge yourself to improve your health, fitness and performance.

Skills

Skills

Challenge yourself to improve your skills and widen your interests.

Adventurous Journey

Adventurous Journey

Challenge yourself to journey and explore with your eyes open.

Residential Project

Residential Project

Challenge yourself to journey and explore with your eyes open.

Only for Gold level.

Your Award Programme

You'll create your own programme, choosing activities for each section of the Award.

 

If you need advice, you can always ask your Award Leader.

 

This is your Award and it is entirely up to you what you do for each section. It is all about setting yourself a challenge and feeling great when you see yourself progress and achieve your goals.

You can take this as an opportunity to start an activity that you always wanted to do or develop your skills further in the activities you are already involved in - your Award, your choice!

Next step, you have to find an Assessor for each section and agree your aims for the sections with them. This person should be knowledgeable or experienced in the activity and can't be a relative of yours. Your Award Leader will confirm whether your Assessors are suitable for your chosen activities.

When you are ready, register your activities and your goals for each section on the Online Record Book.

Timescales

You can start your Bronze Award if you are 14 years old or more. You'll need to do your activities in each section regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week:

You can start your Silver Award if you are 15 years old or more. You'll need to do your activities in each section regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week:

You can start your Gold Award if you are 16 years old or more. You'll need to do your activities in each section regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week:

Activity

Physical Recreation

Skills

Service

Adventurous Journey

Residential Project (*)
(* Only for Gold)

Bronze

minimum 3 months

minimum 3 months

minimum 3 months

2 days + 1 night

 

Plus an extra 3 months in one of these sections

Silver

minimum 6 months

minimum 6 months

minimum 6 months

3 days + 2 nights

 

Plus an extra 6 months in one of these sections if you have bot achieved your Bronze Award

Gold

minimum 12 months

minimum 12 months

minimum 12 months

4 days + 3 nights

5 days + 4 nights

Plus an extra 6 months in one of these sections if you have not achieved your Silver Award

Remember to regularly log your activities on the Online Record Book (ORB).

All the information on this page has come from The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award's Guide for Bronze / Silver / Gold Participants