We would like to invite members of Year 9 and upwards to join the International Award. In the following sections of this article you will find out what the International Award is, why you should join and how it will benefit you in the future.
What is the International Award?
The International Award, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) International Award, is a programme run by schools around the world, to get students to become more active and productive.
It is an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, but also to further develop old ones. It is a tool to develop skills that you might not be taught at school, which will help you in your future, be it in life in general or at work. Many past participants would even go as far as calling it a life-changing experience, that allowed them to have a fun time with their friends, whilst pushing their boundaries to their limit.
The Award is made up from three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver and five at Gold. They involve:
- a physical activity/sport,
- learning a skill,
- and taking part in an outdoor expedition.
Anyone can do the International Award as long as you put the time and effort into it, and they are at least 14 years of age.
So here is an overview:
Why should you do the International Award? How will it benefit you in your future?
You have definitely been told about the importance of extra-curricular activities when you will be applying for university because it demonstrates that you have been investing time in something other than school.
Since, in this day and age, there are many students achieving high grades in their final exams, the universities must start looking at other factors like, their extra-curricular activities, by which they decide whether or not to accept that person to the university. The International Award gives you the space to do activities outside of school, whilst being measured and recorded, proving that you have done them.
So, imagine you are going to an interview at your dream university or work, and they ask you: “Why should we choose you out of everyone here?”. The International Award will help you answer this question. You will be able to start listing all the things you have achieved whilst doing the Award.
There is an interview worth reading about this on the DofE International Award page: https://www.dofe.org/thelatest/ucas-advice/.
Upon completing the Award, you will have demonstrated that you are able to work in a team even through challenging situations and you are able to commit to and achieve a goal. These are all the qualities that universities and employers are looking for as a guarantee of the persons capability of achieving something.