Youth Achievement Awards

The Youth Achievement Awards are individual learning Awards that provide a framework to support quality work with young people aged 14+. They offer formal recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements

Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) offer formal recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements.

Youth Achievement Awards are inclusive and suitable for young people with a wide range of abilities and interests. They are easy to use and incorporate into your existing or planned activities. They are delivered in a range of settings including youth and community projects, schools and colleges. They follow a plan-do-review process which enables young people to more effectively recognise and articulate their learning and achievements within different contexts, increasing self-esteem, improving motivation and keeping them engaged with learning.

The YAAs are a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) customised award which, supports the aims and purposes of Curriculum for Excellence, closing the attainment gap and the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

They can be tailored to support any activity and provide a recognised, SCQF levelled award.

YAAs encourage reflection and critical thinking through self and peer assessment, keeping young people engaged and helps them to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The Awards recognise four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them.

  • Bronze is about young people taking part
  • Silver is about assisting and sharing responsibility with others
  • Gold is for young people who take individual responsibility to organise and lead
  • Platinum involves undertaking training and creating learning opportunities for others.

Key Features of the Award:

The Youth Achievement Awards

  • Are easy to use
  • Can be incorporated into existing or planned activities
  • Can be used in a range of settings
  • Are for young people age 14+ (16+ for the Platinum level)
  • Have 4 levels based on the responsibility a young person takes within activities
  • Can be accessed at the most appropriate level for the young person
  • Help to evidence outcomes
  • Are inclusive and suitable for young people with a range of interests and abilities
  • Are a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) customised award
  • Are Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credit scored and level 4 7
  • Appear on a young person’s Scottish Qualificiations Certificate alongside their academic achievements
  • Placed on ‘Insight’ and carry Tariff Points
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence

Award Criteria

Level   Minimum Age   Minimum Hours   Minimum Responsibility   SCQF Level  SCQF Credit Points 
Bronze  14   60 Taking Part 4
Silver 14    90 Assisting 5 11   
Gold   14  120 Leading 6 14 
Platinum  16   135 Peer Education 16 

Youth Scotland Awards have been used to accredit: 

  • helping at a youth club
  • being part of a student council
  • leading sports activities
  • running a digital photography workshop
  • taking part in arts and craft activities
  • raising money for charity
  • volunteering within the community

They are also used to accredit work with the wider community and to give senior pupils a creative choice as they look to bolster their CV or college /university application.

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