What is it all about?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is "the world's leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. (http://www.dofe.org/)

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is open to all students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The award promotes learning and skill acquisition, resilience and self-discipline.

What are the benefits of the DofE?

Primarily a real sense of achievement. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is not easy to achieve; this adds to the benefit of achieving an award. Participants need to evidence their commitment, work ethic and self-discipline, coupled with a strong dose of resilience.

Employers and Universities value the award and holders are able to display their personal qualities and achievements to prospective employers and educational institutions at ease.

What does the award entail?

The scheme is broken down into three tiers, known as Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Each award consists of Volunteering, Skills, Physical Activities and Expedition. (Gold awards also require a residential activity).

Many of the sections above can be completed at school, although not within normal school hours. Participants may complete Volunteering through the many extra-curricular activities already on offer and may also complete their Physical Activity in this manner. Students may also attend a First Aid course after school, run by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award department. This is suitable to attain the Skill section of the award.

Participants will conduct a practice and qualifying expedition in order to complete the award. The length and duration of the expedition varies in accordance to each award.