Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award, recognised across the world. It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.  

At TLC Private School, we recognise that not all learning takes place in the classroom which is why we offer opportunities in drama, music and sports, including cricket, football and sailing. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. 

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge. 

The Award Framework 

The Award is comprised of three levels with four sections in each. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project. 

  • Bronze For those over 14 years old. 
  • Silver For those over 15 years old. 
  • Gold For those over 16 years old. 

The four sections for each award are as follows: 


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


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

Physical Recreation 

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. 

Adventurous Journey 

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

In addition, candidates taking their Gold Award undertake a residential project.

Residential Project 

The Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden participants’ horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.