Youth Achievement Awards


'We didn't have to do something special or extra to get the Awards, the project was something we were doing anyway. The Award was a bonus and a real recognition of what we were doing.'

Youth Achievement Awards recipient, Edinburgh.

The Youth Achievement Awards are individual learning Awards that provide a framework to support quality work with young people. They offer formal recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements. They are easy to use and incorporate into existing or planned activities and can be delivered in a range of settings including youth and community projects, schools and colleges.

The Awards 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.

They encourage reflection on learning through self and peer assessment keeping young people engaged with their learning and helping to develop skills for learning, life and work. They fully support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.

The Awards recognise four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them. Bronze is about young people taking part, at Silver young people assist - sharing responsibility with others, at Gold they take individual responsibility to organise and lead, and at Platinum they undertake training and create learning opportunities for others.

Key Features of the Award:

The Youth Achievement Awards

• Are easy to use
• 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
• Have a minimum time commitment depending on award level
• Can be incorporated into existing or planned activities
• Can be used in a range of settings
• 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 levelled by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)
• Help to evidence Outcomes
• Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
• Placed on ‘Insight’ and carry Tariff Points

Level Information


Minimum Age



Minimum Responsibility

SCQF Level

SCQF Credit Points




Taking Part


















Peer Education




The Awards have been used in Scotland:

  • to accredit existing programmes within the youth group/school (for example, helping out at a youth club, being part of a pupil council, drama group or chess club);
  • to accredit a residential experience;
  • to accredit a whole-year project;
  • to support a transition programme;
  • to give senior pupils a creative choice as they look to bolster their CV;
  • to support a peer-led project; and
  • to work with the wider community.

The possibilities are endless!

The Awards are an SQA Customised Award and are credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). For more information about SCQF and the Awards, click here.

Want to learn more?

Step-by-step guide


  Register to use the Awards

View a sample portfolio   Links to Curriculum for Excellence

Dynamic Youth Awards

Are you looking for an Award to use with the 10+ age group?  Then Dynamic Youth Awards are for you!  Click here to read more.