The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) is an opportunity to do something different.
Students between the ages of 14 and 24 are encouraged to do things that perhaps ordinary they would not have considered undertaking. A key point is that it is the students themselves that are responsible for the planning, delivery and completion of the various activities that they have elected to do.
The Award is broken down into three ascending levels of challenge; Bronze, Silver and Gold. They do not have to be taken consecutively, and in fact people can launch themselves into Silver or Gold without having done the previous level (this is known as Direct Entry). Whether you do this, or to work progressively through is a matter for personal choice; each has its merits.
Demanding. Stimulating. DofE is an ideal way for students to do something different and to develop a skill set that will help them deal with the future challenges of life. It is also a huge amount of fun!
The Bronze level of the Award is the traditional point of entry into the scheme, and many people become involved at this point.
Students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.
The Silver level of the Award is a natural continuation from Bronze, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. People generally start Silver in the Fourth and Fifth Year or above.
Once again, students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Bronze.
The Gold level of the Award is the culmination of the previous two levels, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. You have to be aged 16 or over in order to register for Gold.
The usual sections need to be completed; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, but students also need to do a 5 day Residential course. The requirements for each sections are slightly more demanding than for Silver.
For more details on the Bronze, Silver & Gold award, please click the link below to go to the DofE website.