The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is it?

Award LogoThe Duke of Edinburgh Award programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
You can do programmes at three levels:

Silver or

DofE expeditionsYou achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold).
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
But here's the best bit - you get to choose what you do!
Along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Why do it?

Expedition opportunitiesBecause, from the first day to the last, it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different - that's the fun of it!
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.
Then there’s all the other stuff… …like the fact that achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
You are getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
Plus you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
Above all, it's a great laugh!
The question should really be why you wouldn’t bother!

The levels of the Award

DofE Award adventureThere are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build you up rather than dive in at the deep end.

Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award.
The table below shows the different overall age restrictions and time requirements for each level.

The Sections

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold).
These sections are:
Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment
Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
Residential (Gold only) - staying and working away from home as part of a team

Report on Bronze Award by an Award Participant

"The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award has proved to be a real achievement, despite consisting of a lot of hard work. To complete the award we needed patience & commitment, however we enjoyed ourselves & after the expedition we all had our own stories & experiences to share. During the 2 day expedition, my group sang, played music, admired the scenery & mainly ate – to keep up our strength – of course! This helped us whilst we trekked over the rocky hills & through the mud!
My group enjoyed cooking our meals in the open air on a tranjia stove. We ate big cooked meals to give us energy to climb up the hills. However not all our experiences were as rewarding as we took a few wrong turns which got us a bit lost! But we did not let this deter us from our goal. We also had to cope with the great Scottish weather, but we battled on through the wind and rain. This made it harder to be positive, but we managed as we worked together as a group. Overall I feel this award has helped me forge stronger friendships and has helped me make new friends and I have learnt lots of new skills. I enjoyed the whole experience and gained a huge sense of achievement after completing the expedition & the other sections of the award. I am now looking forward to the challenge of the Silver practice & assessed expedition."

If you want to know more about the Award visit or see Mrs Harwood in the Home Economics Department.

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