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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

You may have heard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, but don't know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.

To put it another way, it helps you to succeed. The Award awakens and develops a sense of adventure as well as developing skills such as teamwork, time management and leadership. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person as well as nurturing traits such as commitment, service to others, initiative, self-reliance, motivation and loyalty.

BSC is proud to be able to offer the world’s largest and most prestigious youth award scheme.

Taking it to the next level

There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. And it's never too late to get in on the action - depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level!

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold:

  • Volunteering - Get involved providing services to individuals or the community and make a difference to other people's lives;
  • Physical Recreation - Get active and improve your skills and fitness in sport, dance or other physical activities - it's your choice;
  • Skills - Find new interests and get new talents (or perfect existing ones), with increased practical and social skills;
  • Expedition - Get outdoors and plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad - an unbeatable experience;
  • Residential - Only at Gold level. Getting to the Gold level is a big deal and this last stage could see you going to another country, sharing tasks and activities with people you've never met. It'll test your mettle, and set you up for what life throws at you in the future;

Go for Gold!

It's not a walk in the park. You'll get your Duke of Edinburgh's International Award through persistence and commitment. Over time you'll develop personally and welcome each new challenge. At the end of it all you'll have the world’s leading achievement award for young people under your belt, recognised by employers and universities alike.

But there's one person who'll truly appreciate that achievement the most – you!

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