Youth Achievement Awards

Find out more about Youth Achievement Awards here

'We didn't have to do something special or extra to get the Awards, the project was something we were doing anyway. The Award was a bonus and a real recognition of what we were doing.'

Youth Achievement Awards recipient, Edinburgh.

Youth Achievement Awards offer significant opportunities for young people to develop the four Curriculum for Excellence capacities: successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.  They recognise young people's contributions in a variety of settings including youth work, volunteering, active citizenship, and formal education.

Aimed at young people aged 14+, the Awards recognise four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them. Bronze is about young people taking part, at Silver young people assist - sharing responsibility with others, at Gold they take individual responsibility to organise, and at Platinum they undertake training and lead.

The Award does not come with a programme; instead, the open framework allows learning providers to mould the Award around existing youth work and school programmes.


Youth Achievement Award Booklets Update

We would like to take this opportunity to give you a quick update on the progress of the new versions of the Youth Achievement Award Booklets.

UK Youth (owners of the Award) have confirmed that they are happy with revisions to the Youth Achievement Award Booklets which contextualises them for use in Scotland e.g. referencing Dynamic Youth Awards, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Scottish Candidate Number etc. The revisions also incorporate feedback we received following consultation with the network of Operating Agencies in Scotland and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your contribution to this process.

We would also like to take this opportunity to clarify a point regarding the use of original versions of the Youth Achievement Awards Booklets. It will still be possible to submit these original versions of the Booklets for standardisation and Internal Verification after March 2016. The difference after March 2016 is that you will be paying the full £16 candidate registration fee which is currently being paid by Youth Scotland from funding received from Education Scotland to support the transition to SQA.

The Awards have been used in Scotland:

  • to accredit existing programmes within the youth group/school (for example, helping out at a youth club, being part of a pupil council, drama group or chess club);
  • to accredit a residential experience;
  • to accredit a whole-year project;
  • to support a transition programme;
  • to give senior pupils a creative choice as they look to bolster their CV;
  • to support a peer-led project; and
  • to work with the wider community.

The possibilities are endless!

The Awards are an SQA Customised Award and are credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). For more information about SCQF and the Awards, click here.

Want to learn more?

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Dynamic Youth Awards

Are you looking for an Award to use with the 10-14 age group?  Then Dynamic Youth Awards are for you!  Click here to read more.