Awards for young people

Duke of Edinburgh award

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is open to young people aged between 14 and 25. It is offered via the secondary schools in Angus, and is available to young people through the Community Learning and Development team based in Arbroath.

The award has four or five sections depending on what level young people are doing. These include:

  • volunteering
  • skills
  • expedition

For more information visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award website. For local information email

Dynamic Youth Award and Youth Achievement Award

The Dynamic Youth Award is for young people aged between 10 and 14 years, supporting young people to take part in one 15 hour challenge on any project they are involved in.

The Youth Achievement Award is open to young people aged 14 years and over. There are four levels ‒ Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum ‒ which recognise the different levels of responsibility young people may take in a project from taking part to leading activities. Within each level young people complete 15 hour challenges that they set themselves. The higher the level, the more challenges must be complete.

Both awards are externally accredited by the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network and are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

For more information about the award visit the Youth Scotland website. For local information email