At Gold level participants have the additional challenge of the Residential section. The Scheme is not competitive, and anyone with the necessary perseverance, enterprise and effort can gain an award, including students with additional learning needs. Participants are encouraged to choose activities that particularly suit their interests and talents.
All students have the opportunity to join the bronze group during year 9 (applications take place in the summer term of year 8). The silver award is offered to year 11 and sixth form and the gold award is offered at sixth form only.