International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award equips young people for life and work. Every year, more than 50 BSB students start their Award journey or continue to the next level

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.

Taking part in the Award requires commitment over time but students will reap the rewards for their time and effort, as it helps boost their skills, develop leadership potential and exceed their own expectations.

It was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist as a challenging programme that would be a “do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living”. The Award provides participants with skills and experiences that are consistently recognised by employers and educational institutions worldwide.

As an Award participant students will:

  • Design their own Award
  • Set their own goals and record their progress
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
  • Connect with other Award participants at home and abroad
  • Plus, if they are already taking part in activities, such as sports or volunteering, they can continue with these and receive recognition for them as part of their Award

The Award framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

  • Bronze, for those over 14 years old
  • Silver, for those over 15 years old
  • Gold, for those over 16 years old

The British School of Barcelona is proud to deliver this Award to our students in Year 10 (Bronze) & Year 12 (Silver).

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View our International Award Gallery