General Information

Important Dates 2018-2019

Award levels and timings

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold International Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

Activities for each International Award section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.


3 months = 13 weeks

6months = 26 weeks

12 months = 52 weeks

Once you complete a section, an email is directly sent to your assessor for approval and as soon as the 4 sections are validated the award is sent for Award Office sign-off.

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

“Challenge yourself to improve your performance, health and fitness.”

Examples of Physical Recreation

  • Ball sports - football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, tennis
  • Athletics - running, jumping, throwing, biathlon, triathlon, decathlon
  • Water sports - canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, diving, kite boarding
  • Martial arts - karate, judo, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, kendo
  • Animal sports - horse riding, polo

The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.

“Challenge yourself to be a responsible, caring member of the community.”

Participants are required to give service (volunteer) over a set period of time that enables them to experience the benefits that their service provides to others.

Examples of Service:

  • First aid
  • Visiting and supporting people in need, such as the elderly, or those with disabilities
  • Volunteering at a hospital or local care home
  • Sports coaching
  • Charity work

The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

“Challenge yourself to improve your skills and widen your personal interests.”

The Skills section provides the opportunity for a participant to either improve on an existing skill, or to try something new. As with the other Sections of the Award, a level of commitment is required over time to progress a skill. It leads to a sense of achievement and well-being, and possibly improved employability through the development of life and vocational skills.

Examples of Skills

  • Music - singing, learning to play an instrument, music event management
  • Arts and crafts - ceramics, embroidery, jewellery making, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography
  • Nature and the environment - agriculture, astronomy, bee keeping, conservation, fishing, forestry, gardening
  • Communication - film and video, languages, reading, writing, public speaking, journalism, website development
  • Games - billiards, snooker or pool, chess, darts, backgammon

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

“Challenge yourself to journey with your eyes open.”

The journey is an expedition and must be a challenge. The aim of this Section is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.