Hi5 Awards

Hi5 Awards are a nationally recognised youth award for young people aged 5+ which can be accessed by schools, youth groups and parents

Hi5 Award at Home: Hi5 during Covid-19

Youth Scotland have created a toolkit full of great ideas for completing a Hi5 Award at home - especially handy during lockdown! This can be ordered for free, alongside the challenge sheets which cost £6 each. This will come with a guide for completing the awards, and submitting them to get certificates. Youth clubs that are Youth Scotland member groups can claim 10 challenge sheets for free as part of their membership package.

All Hi5 and Dynamic Youth Awards submitted for certification and in the professional judgement of the award group worker has met all assessment criteria will be resulted. Sampling, if appropriate, will be carried out retrospectively and within six months of submission.

Please note: We try to mirror SQA quality assurance processes as closely as possible. The SQA have now advised that the retention of candidate evidence has been extended from 3 weeks to 6 months. What this means in practice is that all Hi5 and Dynamic Youth Awards submitted for resulting must be retained and available for sampling for six months from the submission date. This allows Youth Scotland be more flexible in the way we quality assure and result submissions. 

You can order the toolkit and purchase challenge sheets here.

The Hi5 Award is an exciting award for young people age 5+ that records and recognises wider achievement.

The Hi5 Award has been credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

To gain a Hi5 Award, young people choose a challenge, complete a minimum of 5 hours of activity, think about and comment on their achievements and gather evidence of their participation.

They will receive a certificate showing their name, challenge and special achievements. The certificate will also show the SCQF level and credit points.

Youth Scotland’s Hi5 Award provides a simple framework to support quality work with young people. They offer recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements and are easy to use and incorporate into existing or planned activities.

How can you get started?

To find out how to register for the Hi5 Award click here, to order challenge sheets click here or to read our guidelines click here. You can read more about the award below.

Key features of the Hi5 Award

  • Are for young people age 5+
  • Have a minimum of 5 hours of activity
  • Have 3 levels (star rating) based on the young person’s cumulative hours
  • Can be incorporated into existing or planned activities
  • Can be used in a range of settings
  • Are inclusive and suitable for young people with a range of interests  and abilities
  • Are credit rated on the SCQF where they sit at level 2
  • Help to evidence youth work outcomes
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence

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