What is it?

The International Award Programs offer ways of developing, recording and certificating learners’ personal skills, qualities and achievements. There are different awards available: Bronze (60 hours), Silver Challenge (120 hours), Silver (120 hours) and Gold (120 hours).

The flexibility of ASDAN's International Award Programs means that they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Progression is available within the Award Programs, from Bronze to Silver and from Silver to Gold.

Please note: these programs are available to international centres only (i.e. centres outside the UK and Ireland).

Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 14 and 19. The Bronze, Silver Challenge and Silver Award Programs are best suited to learners aged 14-16, whereas the Gold Award Program has been designed for learners aged 16+.

The Bronze and Silver Challenge Award Programs are aimed at learners working at Entry level/below Level 1, Silver is aimed at learners working at Level 1 and Gold is aimed at learners working at Level 2.

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible Award programs at a range of levels and time frames
  • Externally moderated by ASDAN
  • Accredits 60-120 hours of activities
  • Offers progression opportunities within the International Award Programs


Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities. This portfolio will contain:

  • completed student book
  • evidence of challenges completed
  • planning and reviewing documents
  • record of progress
  • summary of achievement, identifying skills development
  • personal statement

Student Book

There are two student books available for the International Award Programs:

Each student book contains a curriculum of challenges, divided up into themed modules covering topics such as communication, community, number handling, sport and leisure and expressive arts. Learners complete challenges to gain credits, with one credit awarded for 10 hours of activity.

Supporting Resources

A Quick Guide to ASDAN International Award Programs is available to support tutors delivering the programs. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.

Additional resources to support ASDAN courses can be downloaded from theOrb – ASDAN’s Online Resource Bank. Resources available include witness statements, activity logs, lesson plans, worksheets and examples of evidence.

Getting started

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Join section for more information. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the International Award Programs are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of the ASDAN website. ASDAN also provides introductory workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for International Award Programs, you can access further information and resources via the members area of the ASDAN website. It contains all relevant updates, essential documents and resources.

There is no limit to the number of people from a registered centre who can sign up to use the members area. 


After successful internal moderation, centres submit learners for external moderation via the candidate registration form in the members area of the ASDAN website. ASDAN will select a sample of portfolios for external moderation.Moderation is available by post or at UK moderation meetings – direct certification is available for established centres.

Certificates are then issued by ASDAN. ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

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