Skills

Skills

Through the Skills section you can develop your personal interests, and practical and social skills.

You could choose to improve on an existing skill or try something new. It’s all about having a go, learning something and getting better at it, giving yourself a sense of achievement and well-being. Colleges, universities and employers like to see that you have life skills too!

Example Ideas

Here's a list of some Skills section ideas that you could do or use as a starting point to create a programme of your own.

Nature and the environment

  • Agriculture
  • Aquarium keeping
  • Astronomy
  • Bee keeping
  • Bird watching
  • Conservation
  • Dog training and handling
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Horse care and handling

Communication

  • Film and video making
  • Film studies
  • Sign language
  • Braille
  • Foreign languages
  • Newsletter and magazine production
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Public speaking and debating
  • Digital media
  • Journalism
  • Information technology
  • Website development

Technical and vocational skills

  • Accounting
  • Hairdressing
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Furniture making
  • Furniture restoration
  • Metal work
  • Tailoring
  • Carpentry
  • Cookery

Arts and crafts

  • Ceramics
  • Clay modelling
  • Embroidery
  • Dressmaking
  • Glass painting
  • Jewellery making
  • Calligraphy
  • Drawing
  • History of art
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Graphic design

Sports related

  • Sports officiating
  • Umpiring and refereeing
  • Sports equipment maintenance
  • Sports ground maintenance

Music

  • Playing an instrument
  • Learning musical theory
  • Singing
  • Music event management

Games

  • Billiards, snooker or pool
  • Card games
  • Chess
  • Draughts
  • Darts
  • Backgammon
  • Other table games

Life Skills

  • Business management
  • Financial literacy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health awareness

Performance Skills

  • Drama and theatre skills
  • Circus skills
  • Puppetry

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