The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It aims to develop participant’s experiences, inspire them to exceed their expectations, try new activities and maintain a high level of persistence.
Taking part in the Award requires commitment over time but it gives students the opportunity to develop the wider ‘soft’ – or universal – skills which help ensure they are ready for the world.
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
The Award Framework
The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections and is designed to provide a balanced programme of personal development and challenge. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Gold Residential Project.
- Bronze, for those over 14 years old (All Year 10 students – Read more: “All Year 10 Students to Enjoy The International Award”)
- Silver, for those over 15 years old (Year 11 and 12 students – Optional as a CAS Project)
- Gold, for those over 16 years old (Optional as a CAS Project)
Service, Skill and Physical Recreation
The Award focuses on allowing young people to step outside of their comfort zone; to try, test and reassess new ways of doing things. Through this set framework young people are encouraged to explore new frontiers, push their limits, and learn from both their successes and their mistakes.
As part of the Award, your child will need to choose and follow a Service, Skill and Physical Recreation for an hour a week:
- Service: Participants need to show a continued contribution to the community. This could be in the form of helping in Primary School or helping at a dog home.
- Skill: The young person must show they have developed a skill. This can be any skill including those that the participant has been developing for many years before. Playing a musical instrument or attending clubs are examples of appropriate skills.
- Physical Recreation: The award candidate must show that they regularly take part in some form of physical exercise outside of school hours. School evening practices and teams can count.
Ready for the world
Research at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award shows that through engaging in voluntary service, taking part in physical recreation, discovering personal interests and talents, and learning about leadership through adventurous activity, young people become confident, reflective, and engaged learners – in short, they become ready for the world.
The Award provides participants with skills and experiences that are consistently recognised by employers and educational institutions worldwide.
Holistic learning during COVID-19
Listen to Mr Tom Bower, BSB Science Teacher and Coordinator for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, in this webinar of June 2020, where he explains how BSB students taking the Award have been able to find creative solutions to stay active, engaged and motivated during lockdown and continue their award even in these challenging situations. “I think that the main message that I’ve taken away from that is just to be positive, to find some ways to make things work.”
Partners Cambridge International and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award have been supporting schools, parents and young people taking the Award during COVID-19.
Participants Stories during COVID-19
Three BSB Duke of Edinburgh participants, Yingzhu, Matteo and Keira, take part in a live webinar broadcast worldwide to share how they have risen to the challenges of doing the Award during Covid-19 pandemic in clever and imaginative ways.
The conference highlights how young people around the world have been able to continue with their Award, despite the issues faced during the global health crisis.