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Duke of Edinburgh

The Award in a nationwide scheme which offers you an opportunity to do something which benefits both you and others. It is open to everyone. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24

You can follow programmes at three levels:

  • Bronze (aged 14+)
  • Silver (aged 15+)
  • Gold (aged 16+)

What you have to do?

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community or for a non-profit making organisation.

Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities

Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests (not physical skills)

Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

At Gold level, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity.



We enrol in  April of Year 9 to allow students to start their activities over the summer holidays.

Time scales

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for, practise and complete a 2 day, I night expedition
All participants must complete a further 3 months in one of these sections.

This activity is organised through school.

The expedition training takes place over the course of year 10 and the expeditions take place in the Summer term in the Chilterns area.


We enrol at Silver at the beginning of year 11.

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months

6 months/ 3 months


Plan, train for, practise and complete a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

Silver Practice Expedition

This is in the Autumn term and takes place in the South Downs

Silver Qualifying Expedition

This is in the Spring term and takes place in the Peak District


We enrol at Gold in year 12. You need to be 16 in order to do your Gold DofE programme.  No activities can be counted before your 16th birthday.

Time Scales

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months 12 months/6 months

4 days, 3 nights- 80 kms (50 miles) in WILD COUNTRY

Expedition training
(Peak District)

Gold Practice 
(Brecon Beacons)

Gold Qualifying 
(Lake District)

Staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

How to complete your Award: Helpful Hints

  • The easiest way to complete assessor reports is to use your Keeping Track booklet. Both pages for each section (except the expedition one) need to be completed. You can then either scan them in or take a clear photo of each page and upload these to the relevant section. The page with the report on should be marked as your assessor report.
  • You must have either a phone number or email address for your assessor and their full name. They do not need to have a qualification (although this helps) but they do need experience. So where it says “position/qualification”, make sure you write something relevant.
  • Remember your assessor cannot be a member of your family.
  • In your D of E pack, there are cards for each section of the Award which you can give to your assessor which explains what they need to write in their report and how they can submit the report. The Little Book of D of E has lots of useful information so read through it.
  • There is a D of E surgery in the Library every Thursday lunchtime from 1.30pm
  • Further information is available on the D of E website www.dofe.org and there are some useful clips on YouTube which explain how to upload evidence.