The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life and work. The Award is an incredible experience and qualification, but it takes commitment in order to gain an Award.

Since the Award began in 1956, its aim has been to help young people plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop themselves mentally, physically and emotionally. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is widely recognized by employers and education providers as the definitive qualification for demonstrating self-reliance, commitment and dedication. All this, and a lot of fun along the way. Some of the benefits to young people include:

- Developing self-confidence and reliance
- Gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility
- Discovering new skills, interests and talents
- Developing leadership skills and abilities

There are three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The Bronze level of the Award currently available to students in Year 10 and above at BIS has four sections: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and the Adventurous Journey. These exciting endeavours are conducted in a safe and secure environment to promote pupils striving for excellence and push their own boundaries. 

The BIS Adventurous Journey section is carried out and assessed in the United Kingdom. Our last expedition took 21 students to the New Forest National Park in the southern part of England where they hiked, camped and explored the natural environment.

To find out more about the Award and its impact globally, visit