Youth Achievement Award – Gold

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  • Scotland

This award recognises wider achievement via community based youth work and education, and has been designed for use in Scotland.

Education context

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland), SQA (Scotland), and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, and AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.

This award fully supports the aims, values, purpose, and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. It is one of four levels of Youth Achievement Award, and is primarily delivered in the youth work sector. This qualification appears on Insight.

Awarding organisation
  • Youth Scotland
Qualification code
GK49 04

This is a unitised qualification, with one mandatory unit.

Subject areas
  • Peer education
  • Leadership
  • SCQF Level 6

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6/7 is broadly aligned to Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3.

Level 3 qualifications are regulated to the RQF in England and Northern Ireland, and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.


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.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

This award is not graded.

Resit arrangements

If the portfolio does not meet the minimum assessment criteria, it will be deferred and improved on as many times as necessary, until it meets the criteria.

Guided/notional learning hours
120 hours
UCAS Tariff points

Youth Scotland Youth Achievement Award - Gold

Grade Points
P 14


Key issues for UK HE admissions

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.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessment happens at fixed times. The moderation dates for 2018 are:

  • 7 June
  • 13 September
  • 6 December

Candidates receive their results within four weeks of the moderation date.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Apr 2015
Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current and ongoing. This was first offered in 1997, but became an SQA accredited qualification on 1 April 2015.

Reporting and certification information

The results of Youth Achievement Award – Gold are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This does not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

View the results available through ABL.

The certification information is sent to Scot Exed and SQA.

Progression information

This is a standalone award which recognises wider achievement and activities outside of the formal curriculum. It is designed to develop personal, social, and study skills. It is based on the interest of the candidate to develop leadership skills. They can then progress onto the Platinum Youth Achievement Award which focuses on peer education and personal development.

This award can be delivered alongside a job or apprenticeship to accredit this role.

Further information

More information can be found at

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