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The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

"The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE )is for all young people, regardless of their background or circumstances...we hear about the number of young people out of work, education or training on a daily basis and I believe the DofE has never been more relevant. We know employers, professions and Universities look for the DofE on young people's CVs; it could help them get that essential University place or first job."  HRH, The Countess of Wessex, December 2011

The DofE is a totally personal programme. It is designed to allow you to choose what activities you want to undertake and, within the level's timescale, for how long. You might already be doing things that can count towards DofE, or you might decide to undertake something completely new. Either way, you're guaranteed to meet new people, help others, develop your own skills and, of course, have fun along the way. By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.

The DofE programme offers you the challenge of organising, setting yourself goals for and undertaking activities in the three sections of volunteering, physical and skill. All sections need to be undertaken for at least the minimum time (see below for timescales) and for an average of 1hour a week over the whole minimum period. Each award also has an expedition section. At Gold the residential section is added. For general information on the Duke of Edinburgh award Scheme, see their website www.dofe.org.

Click on the drop downs below for more information on The DofE timescales for each award:

Bronze Award

You will be invited to sign up for Bronze when you start L5 and there are four sections to complete.

Volunteering section: 3 months

Aim: To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual's life and develop compassion by giving service to others.

Volunteering is simply about choosing to give your time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. You can help with community projects or help an individual.


Physical section: 3 months

Aim: To inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in a physical activity.

As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless. Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit or world class – with the DofE; it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.


Skills section: 3 months

Aim: To inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.

The Skills section is about self-discovery. You may want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website? This is a chance for you to challenge yourself.
 

Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

Aim: To inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery by planning, training for and undertaking an adventurous self-sufficient journey as part of a team.

The expedition section consists of various school led training sessions before undertaking the training/practice expedition and then the qualifying expedition, both of which are undertaken in a group of friends organised by you.

You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver Award

You will be invited to sign up for Silver when you start M5 and there are 4 sections to complete.

Volunteering section: 6 months

Aim: To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual's life and develop compassion by giving service to others.

Volunteering is simply about choosing to give your time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. You can help with community projects or help an individual.

 

Physical section: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months (split between Physical and skills)

 Aim: To inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in a physical activity.

As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless. Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit or world class – with the DofE; it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.

  

Skill section: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months (split between Physical and skills)

Aim: To inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.

The skills section is about self-discovery. You may want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website? This is a chance for you to challenge yourself.

If you didn't achieve Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Expedition section: 3 days, 2 nights - requires arrival day before the start

Aim: To inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery by planning, training for and undertaking an adventurous self-sufficient journey as part of a team.

The expedition section consists of various school-led training sessions before undertaking the training/practice expedition and then the qualifying expedition, both of which are undertaken in a group of friends organised by you.

Gold Award

You will be invited to sign up for Gold in L6 when you are 16. There are 5 sections to complete.

Volunteering section: 12 months

Aim: To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual's life and develop compassion by giving service to others.

Volunteering is simply about choosing to give your time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. You can help with community projects or help an individual.

 

Physical section: One section (Physical/Skill) for 12 months and the other section for 6 months. If you didn't achieve Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Aim: To inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in a physical activity.

As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless. Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit or world class – with the DofE; it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.

 

Skill section: One section (Physical/Skill) for 12 months and the other section for 6 months. If you didn't achieve Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Aim: To inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.

The skills section is about self-discovery. You may want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website? This is a chance for you to challenge yourself.

 

Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights

Aim: To inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery by planning, training for and undertaking an adventurous self-sufficient journey as part of a team.

The expedition section consists of various school-led training sessions before undertaking the training/practice expedition and then the qualifying expedition, both of which are undertaken in a group of friends organised by you.

Gold: 4 day, 3 night - requires arrival day before start

 

Residential section (Gold only): Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights. 

Aim: To inspire participants through a concentrated involvement with people they don't know, who are usually from different backgrounds, and bring alternative views to the challenges they will face.

If you’re going for your Gold DofE Award, you need to complete an additional Residential section. You can choose from a range of residential activities – from helping at a National Trust site in the UK to working with children in India. You need to spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. The programme must include evening activities and shared accommodation. A DofE residential will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your and other people’s lives.

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