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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

As part of the College’s leadership programme, from 14+ we offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Gold standard. This involves expeditions in Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Black Mountains.

Many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. 

Why do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The DofE gives pupils the chance to do something completely new and improve on things they are already doing. It takes them out of their comfort zone and into a place where they will push themselves and have amazing new experiences.

Looking forward, the DofE can help pupils carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors for them.

When your child does their DofE programme, they'll develop the skills and attitudes they need to become rounded, confident adults setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.

You'll see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their Award including:

  • Self-belief and self-confidence
  • A sense of responsibility
  • A real awareness of their strengths
  • New talents and abilities
  • The ability to plan and use time
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New friendships
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • Leadership and teamworking skills

And they will have a brilliant time doing it.

Find out more about the different Awards below:

Bronze Award - Year 10 
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.
All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
Silver Award - Year 11 
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months  Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Gold Award - Sixth Form 
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months  Plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.