The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International award is an internationally recognised achievement which focuses on adventure and personal development. Whilst taking part in the award, participants follow their own personal programme of activities to support them in their development, which challenges them beyond the scope of the National Curriculum and classroom learning. Successful participants can be truly proud of their achievements and the award is highly desirable with future universities and employers.

Students who achieve the award, at any level, have demonstrated a commitment to personal growth, community action, perseverance, initiative, adventurous spirit, effective time management, effective teamwork, leadership skills, and the list goes on….!

What does it involve?
The award is broken down into three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each has a progressively longer time commitment requirement. By taking part in the award, you will develop skills, get fitter, contribute to your community and undertake an adventurous journey! If you progress on to Gold then you also take part in a residential activity.

Below are the time requirements for each area and level.

  Physical recreation Skills Service Adventurous Journey Plus
Bronze 3 months 3 months 3 months 2 days, 1 night Additional 3 months in one of the sections
Silver 6 months 6 months 6 months 3 days, 2 nights Non bronze holders must do an additional 6 months in one section
Gold 12 months 12 months 12 months 4 days, 3 nights Non Silver holders must do an additional 6 months in one section

The International Award at Traill
The award is offered to all students aged 14 and above - students normally begin participation in year 10 at Bronze level, however some go directly to Silver in year 11.

We are currently running both Bronze and Silver levels of the award and once our current Silver students have successfully completed the Silver level, we hope to be able to offer the Gold level also.

Successful delivery of the award relies on our trained, enthusiastic and supportive award leaders who are available to answer any questions and offer support throughout to participants.

Further information about the award can be found on the following link:


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