“By creating opportunities for young people… the Award can play a critical role in their development.”

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. The Award is available for all young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests.

Each young person who takes part in the Award learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the Award is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time while showing commitment and progress in each activity.


Age: Open to all between the ages of 14 and 24.
Three Levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging.
Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service, Adventurous Journey, plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).
Impact: Achieving an Award recognizes individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.


Service: The Service Section encourages young people to volunteer their time to understand the benefits of service to their community.
Skills: The Skills Section encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.
Physical Recreation: This Section encourages participation in sport and other physical activity for the improvement of health, wellbeing and fitness.
Adventurous Journey: This section encourages a sense of adventure while undertaking a team journey or expedition.
Residential Projects: This section offers Gold Award Participants unique experiences that truly broaden horizons and challenge their outlook.