This award recognises wider achievement via community based youth work and education, and has been designed for use in Scotland.
No units are graded.
Each candidate produces a personal portfolio of evidence. This will be 100% assessed, 100% internally verified by qualified practitioners not involved with the direct delivery of the award, and 100% externally verified by a national standardisation panel, which is quality assured and audited by SQA.
There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications:
- some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
- applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
- these qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or apprenticeship.
- if they are presented for admission to HE, it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.
Young people develop a range of personal and social skills, increasing their confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, communication, problem solving and leadership skills. They also develop study skills through planning, recording, reviewing, and evidencing their learning.
This qualification provides a framework for accrediting wider achievement, via a plan-do-review system.
More information can be found at www.youthscotland.org.uk/awards/.
View case studies from those who have completed or delivered the Youth Achievement Awards can be found: www.youthscotland.org.uk/about-us/our-impact/.