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What counts as a skills activity?
For your skills activity you need to choose an activity that will allow you to prove you have broadened your understanding and increased your expertise in your chosen skill. It should not be a physical activity, for example horseriding, as this counts towards your Physical section, however, you could choose to learn about caring for horses.
One activity you’re already doing can count towards your Award if it was done in the previous 3 months and fits the principles, conditions and age requirements. If you already take part in a skill, you could use that activity, but you might want to start something new. You can only backdate activity in one section.
How long should I do my skills for?
You can take a break, for holidays, exams or just because you feel like it. As long as you’ve finished the activities before your 25th birthday you can still achieve an Award. The table below shows Skills section time required for each level.

Level

Minimum Time

Notes

Bronze

3 or 6 months

You must do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.

Silver

6 or 12 months

Either your Physical or Skills section must be done for 6 months, the other for 3. If you haven't achieved your Bronze Award you must extend either your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.

Gold

 

12 or 18 months

Either your Physical or Skills section must be done for 12 months, the other for 6. If you haven't achieved your Silver Award you must extend either your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.

Remember, you must commit to regular activities averaging at least an hour a week during this time!
Skills Section Requirements