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Through the Skills section you can choose to improve on an existing skill or learn something new. It's all about giving something a go, learning something and getting better at it, giving yourself a sense of achievement and well-being as a result. Colleges, universities and employers like to see that you are more than your academic record—they want to see that you are a well-rounded individual with life skills too!

Here’s a LIST OF IDEAS that you could do for your Skills section, or use as a starting point to create a programme of your own.  Participants must be able to show evidence of the skill they have learnt or show improvement in an existing skill.


Please Note:

While participating in physical activity may require skill, for the purpose of the Award playing sport/doing physical activity comes under the Physical Recreation Section only.


How long does the Skills section take?

At Bronze level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 3 months/13 weeks (note that Bronze participants are required to do an additional three months in one of the following activities: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation. If a participant chooses the Skills section to do their extra 3 months in, the time requirement for Skills would become 6 months/26 weeks).

At Silver level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 6 months/26 weeks.

At Gold level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 12 months/52 weeks.

For direct entrants  (i.e. new participants with no previous Award) to Silver or Gold levels, participants need to add 6 months to one section of their choice (i.e. Skills or Service or Physical Recreation)


Below is a list of some common skills chosen and the links include some guidance on how you could complete the section.  There is also a syllabus index on the right.


Please Note: These programmes are for guidance and are not to be taken as a rigid syllabus. To indicate the content appropriate to young people with varying degrees of knowledge and experience, they are arranged under three headings: ‘For beginners’, ‘For those with some knowledge’ and ‘For the more advanced’, and participants are free to select as broad or as restricted an aspect of this skill as they wish, but appropriate social and cultural aspects are to be covered.


Bible Study


Digital Photography



Musical Instruments



Ideas for Skills Activity
Skills Syllabus Index
Extracurricular School Activities

Stuck for an idea for an activity? Have a look here for an overview of a wide range of extracurricular school activities which fit each section of the Award. 

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