Youth Achievement Award – Gold

Qualification code
GK49 04

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.

Further information

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.


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View case studies from those who have completed or delivered the Youth Achievement Awards can be found: