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Hi5

The Hi5 Award is an exciting award for young people age 5+ that records and recognises wider achievement.

The Hi5 Award has been credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

To gain a Hi5 Award, young people choose a challenge, complete a minimum of 5 hours of activity, think about and comment on their achievements and gather evidence of their participation.

They will receive a certificate showing their name, challenge and special achievements. The certificate will also show the SCQF level and credit points.

Youth Scotland’s Hi5 Award provides a simple framework to support quality work with young people. They offer recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements and are easy to use and incorporate into existing or planned activities.

Key features of the Hi5 Award

  • Are for young people age 5+
  • Have a minimum of 5 hours of activity
  • Have 3 levels (star rating) based on the young person’s cumulative hours
  • 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 credit rated on the SCQF where they sit at level 2
  • Help to evidence youth work outcomes
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence

 

Dynamic Youth Award

Youth Scotland’s Dynamic Youth Awards are a fun and engaging way to recognise and accredit young people’s achievements.

Dynamic Youth Awards (DYA) externally quality assured by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) where they sit at level 3.

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. This increases their self-esteem, improves motivation and keeps young people engaged with learning.

Through self and peer assessment young people develop skills for learning, life and work. The awards fully support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the youth work outcomes.

Youth Scotland’s Dynamic Youth Awards provide a simple framework to support quality work with young people. They offer recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements and are easy to use and incorporate into existing or planned activities.

Best of all, DYA can be delivered in a range of settings including youth and community projects, schools and colleges.

Features of the Dynamic Youth Awards

The Dynamic Youth Awards

  • Are for young people age 10+
  • Have a minimum 5 hours of time commitment
  • Have 5 levels based on the young person’s cumulative hours
  • 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 externally quality assured by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Are credit rated on the SCQF where they sit at level 3
  • Help to evidence youth work outcomes
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
  • Schools gain Insight tariff points for pupils who have completed a DYA

 

Youth Achievement Award

Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) offer formal recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements.

Youth Achievement Awards are inclusive and suitable for young people with a wide range of abilities and interests. They are easy to use and incorporate into your existing or planned activities. They are delivered in a range of settings including youth and community projects, schools and colleges. They 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.

The YAAs are a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) customised award which, supports the aim and purpose of Curriculum for Excellence, the youth work outcomes, closing the attainment gap and the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

They can be tailored to support any activity and provide a recognised, SCQF levelled award.

YAAs encourage reflection and critical thinking through self and peer assessment, keeping young people engaged while helping them to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The Awards recognise four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them.

Key Features of the Award:

The Youth Achievement Awards

  • Are easy to use
  • Can be incorporated into existing or planned activities
  • Can be used in a range of settings
  • 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
  • Help to evidence youth work outcomes
  • 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 leveled 4 7
  • Appear on a young person’s Scottish Qualificiations Certificate alongside their academic achievements
  • Placed on Insight and carry tariff points
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
  • The Gold award carries 14 UCAS points
John Muir

Introducing the John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It helps people connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. It's non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.

The John Muir Award invites you to:


Discover a wild place

This can be your school grounds, a local park, a beach, woods, a river, a mountain or a national park.


Explore its wildness

Experience, enjoy and find out more about your wild place(s).


Conserve it

Take some practical action and personal responsibility.


Share your experiences

Let others know what you've been up to, what you've achieved and what you've learned.

Who is it for?

  • It's for people of all backgrounds - groups, families and individuals. A genuinely diverse cross-section of society participates.
  • It is ideally suited for those participnts working at later stage of Primary Eduction and beyond (year 4 and above in England and Wales and Second Level in Scotland).
  • We have created a Family Award that welcomes involvement by people of all ages, including younger children, as part of a family group.
  • We encourage adults to get involved too. There is no upper age limit.

Five ways in which the John Muir Award could benefit you or your organisation:

  • Help you appreciate and value nature, urban greenspace and wild landscapes.
  • Encourage awareness, understanding and responsibility for wild places.
  • Promote personal development through outdoor experiences.
  • Encourage an environmental agenda - for individuals and organisation.
  • Recognise and celebrate achievements of each individual that meets Award Criteria.
Arts Award

Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to young people aged 11 to 25.

To achieve a Bronze Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio of their experiences of: 

  • actively participating in any art form
  • at least one arts event and their review of that event
  • researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson 
  • passing on an arts skill

 

If you are interested in any of the above awards, complete the online form below

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