What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, operating in over 160 countries and territories around the globe. Since the award was launched by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 65 years ago, over 13 million young people have participated in the Award.

It is a prestigious award, highly valued by universities and employers alike, as it requires an individual to demonstrate a well-rounded set of skills that they have gained outside the classroom. Students gain hard and soft skills that they might not have previously been exposed to such as navigation, cooking, camping, perseverance, independence, confidence, self-sufficiency, and an opportunity to experience something new.

What makes up the Award?

What Is Involved?
A Brief History
Physical Recreation
Participants complete an activity to improve their fitness and performance and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This could include:
  • Team sports
  • Solo fitness activity
  • Competitive or non-competitive sports
  • Something new or something you want to improve
Participants develop existing talents or learn new ones. They increase their self-confidence and employability by developing a skill such as:
  • Musical (singing/instruments)
  • Artistic (art/drama)
  • Academic (language/debating)
  • Technical (IT skills/coding)
Voluntary Service
Participants make a positive contribution to the community and demonstrate social responsibility. Voluntary service could take the form of:
  • Peer mentoring
  • Sports coaching
  • Volunteering for a charity
  • Litter picking
Adventurous Journey
Discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.
  • Learn survival skills like navigating with a compass and cooking outdoors
  • Camp overnight
  • Work as part of a team to organise and carry your food and equipment

We can offer students guidance and advice on which activities are suitable for each section. They should be activities that the students find challenging, but at the same time rewarding and enjoyable. Hartland offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Students in Year 10 take the Bronze award, Year 11 the Silver and Years 12 and 13 the Gold award. Each award level is progressively more challenging and, upon completion of each level, they have the opportunity to progress to the next award.

We strongly recommend that all students in Year 10 and above take part in the International Award as it demonstrates that they have experienced a rounded, holistic education. If you would like to know more, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award website is a great source of further information www.intaward.org or please contact our International Award Coordinator, Paul Evans pevans@hartlandinternational.com

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