One Awards FAQs

If after reading through the frequently asked questions below, you are still unsure about any aspect of the Global Citizenship Programme, please email our Head of Education or give us a call on 01879 230444. Alternatively, you can complete the Callback Request Form and we will contact you at a time convenient for yourself.

The certificate is a One Awards Level 3 ‘Foundation Year in Global Volunteering and Citizenship’. There are 5 compulsory units: Selection, Fundraising, Training, Overseas and Debriefing and one optional unit: Being a Returned Volunteer.
All 8 or 12 month Project Trust volunteers are entitled to gain the certificate. There are 5 mandatory units: Selection, Fundraising, Training, Overseas and Debriefing and one optional unit: Being a Returned Volunteer.
The certificate is important as it formally accredits our volunteer experience and reflects the commitment and dedication our volunteers contribute to their projects and host communities. It is also something tangible and concrete to put onto their CVs in the future.
We have received an official endorsement from UCAS, the British admission service for students applying to university. Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive said:

“Many universities recognise that volunteering programmes provide participants with valuable skills and experiences that will help the, succeed in higher education. UCAS encourages students to include information about volunteering activities in their personal statements. We include specific reference to Project Trust and the Foundation Year in Global Volunteering and Citizenship in our guidance.”

Volunteers applying to universities have been using the certificate in their applications, talking about the skills gained through the programme in their personal statements.

Remember to mention the certificate and different units (selection/fundraising/training/ overseas placement/debriefing) you are working towards into your personal statement. You can also talk about the skills you will gain from completing the programme.

  1. On the UCAS application go to the ‘education’ section.
  2. Go to “add new school / college/ centre”
  3. Under school/college/centre go to find, type Project Trust and when no matches are found click on “my school/centre is not listed here”.
  4. Now manually add Project Trust, Centre number NO60897.
  5. Say that you are attending *part-time from the date you attended selection until the end of your debriefing (September 2017).
  6. Select “Yes” under ‘will you receive any qualifications from this centre?’
  7. Go to “add qualifications”. Under add qualification search ‘foundation’ and select ‘Foundation Year’.
  8. Under title add “Global Volunteering and Citizenship (Level 3)”.
  9. Under awarding organisation type “ONEAWDS”
  10. Under result select “Pending”
  11. Under qualification date for all fields put in September 2017 if you are a volunteer in 2016/17.
  12. Add the names of the 5 modules (Selection/ Fundraising/ Training/ Experience of Overseas Placement as a Volunteer / Reflection on an Overseas Volunteering Placement) and the same qualification date that you entered above.
If you are making a deferred entry application for 18/19 fill out the One awards qualification with the finishing date of August 2017. However In your personal statement include a sentence saying that you will not actually finish until September 2018. This is the action that UCAS has advised. Last year several volunteers gained university offers through recording this certificate formally in addition to mentioning it on their personal statement so we strongly advise including this on your UCAS application.

We have consulted UCAS on this situation and learned that the system will not allow the finishing dates for qualifications to be after August 2015. This is the action that UCAS has advised. Last year several volunteers gained university offers through recording this certificate formally in addition to mentioning it on their personal statement so we strongly advise including this on your UCAS application.

Bethany Crook, Uganda Volunteer 2013-2014: “Of course the One Awards certificate which comes with completing the Project Trust programme shows that you’re serious about the work you’re undertaking and you’re embarking on a project with a purpose. My year volunteering has given me clarification on who I am and what I want to do. If I hadn’t taken the year I’m absolutely certain that I would still have no idea where I was going.”

91.8% of 2012-13 Returned Volunteers thought the nationally recognised One Awards certificate would be of value to future volunteers.

China Returned Volunteer, Henry King said: “A year’s volunteering puts you one step ahead of everyone else. You gain an added layer of maturity and independence before university that employers and universities genuinely respect. What’s more – with Project Trust you now get a certificate to prove it.”

Hannah John, a Science teacher at Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry said:

“The One Awards accreditation and overall skills development through Project Trust’s Education Programme puts students in a very strong position for their future careers.”

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