Duke of Edinburgh Award

What’s it all about?

This nationally recognised award scheme has been running for over 50 years; the aim is to help young people plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

…It’s not just about walking over Dartmoor!

The program encourages students to develop new skills, assist others as well as develop their own interests. There is the opportunity for progression through bronze, silver and gold award levels
What are the benefits?

The award brings out the best in young people in a non-competitive environment. It promotes the following values and qualities:

• Self-belief
• Self-confidence
• Personal growth
• Development of new skills
• Teamwork
• Awareness of potential
• Fun!

Who is eligible to enrol?

Bronze award (14+ years old)
Silver award (15+ years old)
Gold award (16+ years old)
What do i have to do?

To complete each award, students must complete the following sections;
Volunteering – to encourage service to individuals and the community. It could include activities such as helping out at after College clubs or St John’s Ambulance.


to encourage personal interests, social and practical skills. This could include learning to play a new musical instrument, fashion design, fly fishing, ICT, juggling or drama.

Physical Recreation

to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity. It could include activities like surfing, sailing, mountain biking, dance or yoga.


to encourage the spirit of adventure. This section involves a 2 day walk with an overnight stay.

How long does it take?

Assuming you spent about an hour a week carrying out the awards activities it should take about:
Bronze 6 – 9 months
Silver 9- 12 month
Gold 18 months
How do I get started?
If you wish to enrol or you require further information please contact Mr Cade or visit http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/about-us
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