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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 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. There are around 300,000 participants annually in the UK and 144 nations operate the scheme.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one and four years to complete, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday.   Due to age criteria only the Bronze and Silver awards can be completed at Bishop Perowne.

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards.

The DofE programme at Bishop Perowne started in 2015 with 16 students having successfully completed their Bronze award.  We now have 32 students enrolled on the DofE programme who take part in training sessions throughout the year.  The Expeditions run to: Kinver Edge (May), Cotswolds (June) and Wyre Forest (June).

Don't forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you're working on and achieve an Award – but remember, all activities must be completed before then.

The tables below show you minimum timescales for each level and section. We've put the length of time in months – you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time averaging at least an hour a week. You can't achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend!

     

DofE Team Contacts:

  • Leader: Mr C Mortelmans
  • Mrs R Stockford,
  • Mrs A Williams
  • Mrs L Johnson
 

Bronze

  • You can do a Bronze DofE programme once you're 14 (or in Year 9)
  • A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.
  • You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It's your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you're going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
  • It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

Silver

  • The next step up from Bronze… you need to be at least 15 (or in Year 10) to start doing your Silver DofE programme. If you've achieved your Bronze Award, we may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
  • A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It's up to you which one you do for longer.
  • If you did Bronze, you can choose the same activity for Silver, but you need to show development in it. It's best to try something new!
  • The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
  • If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you'll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you're going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
  • It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you've already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you've jumped straight into Silver.
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