Scottish Peer Education Network (SPEN) - awards accreditation peer education volunteering

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Peer education is also a great way for young people to work toward accreditation.

Listen to this podcast from Dundee’s The Corner Peer Education Health Buddies talk about the accreditation they are working towards through their programme.

There are many awards and certificates peer education can lead to.


For the full range of awards young people can work towards - check out the Amazing Things website or request a copy of Amazing Things from Youthlink.

The table below has those most frequently worked towards.


Award Age SQA Accredited Commitment Contact
Youth Achievement 14 years old and older Yes

Bronze - four challenges (60 hours minimum)

Silver - six challenges (90 hours)

Gold - eight challenges(120 hours)

Platinum - nine challenges(135 hours)

Youth Scotland
Dynamic Youth Awards 10 – 14 years old Yes

Dynamic Youth One Star Award (5 to 15 hours)

Dynamic Youth Two Star Award (16 to 30 hours)

Dynamic Youth Three Star Award (31 to 100 hours)

Dynamic Youth Four Star Award (101 to 250 hours)

Dynamic Youth Five Star Award (in excess of 250 hours)

Youth Scotland
Saltire Awards 12 – 15 years old


Young Scot Points

Challenge – One off volunteer event

Approach - 

10- 25 hrs volunteering

Accent – 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours volunteering


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

14 - 24 years old No

Peer education counts towards the Volunteering section of the DoE award

Bronze – 3 or 6 months

Silver – 6 or 12 months

Gold 12 or 18 months

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Have you recently got an award for your peer education?  Let us know all about your achievement on the contact us page!