duke of edinburgh’s international award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.
Each year Whyalla High School offers Year 9 students the opportunity to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. To achieve an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. Students design their own program by selecting activities that interest them and set goals according to the following minimum requirements.

Students are required to do their activities in each section regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week:

Physical Recreation

Minimum 3 months (13 hours)

Plus an extra 3 months in one of these sections (26 hours)


Minimum 3 months (13 hours)


Minimum 3 months (13 hours)

Adventurous Journey

2 days + 1 night



Students independently log their hours online and are signed off by an assessor after completing the appropriate amount of hours for each section. Students will select one area as their major and are required to complete double the hours.

At completion of the Bronze Award, students are eligible to claim 10 stage 1 SACE credits.