Last updated: 07/03/2016

Wider Achievement Awards

Below is information on some of the Wider Achievement Awards offered by Adventure Aberdeen, which include an adventurous element.

Duke of Edinburgh Programme:


As a Duke of Edinburgh's Award licensing authority Aberdeen City Council offers this award through a network of 16 centres across the city.  The majority of participants engage in the award through their secondary school and Head Teachers who are supportive because they know the benefits the pupils receive. Research has shown that employers, colleges and universities look favourably on those who have achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Award as they are able to demonstrate skills in self-management, problem solving, team working, communication, as well as having developed a positive approach to work. Aberdeen has an Open Award Centre which can offer the award to those that have left school or those who can't do it through school and have also just established a new centre which is aimed at encouraging participation of disadvantaged young people. Some schools offer the award as part of the curriculum and some use the award to work with groups of pupils with additional support needs.

Age range: 14 - 25 years

Awards offered:

Bronze (14+)

Silver (15+)

Gold (16+)




Bikeability 1 and 2 are offered to all city schools. Bikeability is the modern day cycling proficiency and its aim is to enable children to ride safely on quiet streets. Last year approximately half the schools in Aberdeen delivered bikeability with more coming on board this year. The project aim is to allow every city primary school pupil the chance to participate in the scheme and for every primary school to offer Bikeability and be self-sufficient in delivering the sessions.


John Muir Awards:

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

Adventure Aberdeen have a number of trained tutors who are able to deliver this award.


Paddle Power:

For more information, please contact:


Mark Pain

Wider Achievement Manager,

Adventure Aberdeen

Tel: 01224 270992



 The following link will take you to the Aberdeen City Council Register of Approved Providers of Adventurous Activities. Teachers and Youth Workers who wish to undertake adventurous activities with a company not contained within the register must first contact the Educational Visits Co-ordinator on 01224 270990 in order to arrange for a contract to be put in place. This can  take some considerable time, so please give as much advance notice as possible.