The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award


Equipping students to become global citizens with lessons outside the classroom


What Is The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation is a registered UK charity whose mission is to promote The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, provide young people with The Award, and preserve the quality of The Award worldwide.

Straits International School is now a National Award Operator and Independent Award Centre (IAC), with our regional office in Sydney, Australia, where we are part of the Asia Pacific region, which spans from China, throughout South East Asia and Australasia.

Taking part in The Award offers young people formal recognition for their achievements and is seen by many educational institutions (including Universities) and employers as a valuable development programme that equips young people with practical and social skills.

Award Participants Will:

  • Design their own Award.
  • Set their own goals and record your progress.
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service.
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development.
  • Become independent Global Citizens by learning practical life skills.

Plus, if they’re already taking part in activities, such as sports, instrumental lessons or volunteering, they can continue with these and receive recognition for them as part of their Award.

What Does The Award Consist Of?

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level (Bronze, Silver and Gold) in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project. Four sections are:

  • Service: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in Malaysia or abroad or
  • Exploration: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey with a further focus on the environment or community service.
  • At Gold level, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity.

What Do Participants Need To Do To Get The Award?

For each level, the participants must do a minimum of an hour a week of the activity for the following lengths of time, level dependent.
The timescale to which participants must complete certain levels are by no means restricted, but are a guideline as to how much time they must spend on certain activities to complete those levels. In total, Bronze should take 3 months to complete and so on...

The Impact Of The Award Globally

Improved educational attainment. Improving young people's attendance at school and college, their commitment to education and their achievement levels.

  • Improved employ ability and sustainable livelihoods. Improving young people's employ ability levels and ability to support themselves financially when they need to do so.
  • Improved health and well-being. Increasing young people's physical fitness, and their own sense of emotional and mental well-being.
  • Increased participation in civic life. Increasing young people's involvement in volunteering and community activities, and their participation in the social and political life of their community.
  • Social inclusion. Improving community integration, acceptance of individual differences, and increasing the access of all young people to development opportunities.
  • The environment. Increasing young people's awareness of environmental issues, and involvement in sustainability initiatives.
  • Gender equality and empowerment in women. Bridging the gender gap and empowering marginalized young women, building their self-worth and enabling them to demonstrate their potential.

Any further queries about The Award, please visit their website: If you have any questions that you would like to ask staff delivering The Award at the school, please email or call the school and speak to The Award Leaders: Mr Mike or Mr Joe.

Last Year At Straits International School

  • Students from Year 9 and 10 took part in The Award.
  • Training in route planning, map reading, camp craft and survival techniques among many others.
  • Students took part in expeditions to Taman Negara and Taman Rimba using their practical skills to plan their own routes to a camp site, set up camp and cook for themselves.


Defying the odds to get gold: In this film Spencer explains in more detail how The Award has helped his rehabilitation process.
A new visual identity for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award