Programme Information

How to complete The Duke of Edinburgh Award

Each level of the award has four sections to complete, Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition. There is an additional section for Gold participants to complete, which is a one week Residential.

We offer the following awards:

Bronze - Year 10, age 14 upwards

Gold - Year 12, age 16 upwards

Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section : 3 months
  • Physical section : 3 months
  • Skills Section: 3 months
  • Expedition: 2 days/1 night

The student must also do 3 months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections

Gold timescale:

  • Volunteering section : 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections : One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months  
  • Expedition: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential Section: pupil must undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days/4 nights

The students who haven't completed their Silver award must also do a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.


Within each award the students are put into small groups to plan and complete a practice and assessed expedition that will truly challenge them as individuals. Undertaking the expedition will improve their communication and leadership skills that are invaluable qualities for universities and employers alike.

The bronze participants complete both their practice and assessed expedition in The Chiltern Hills by foot. 

The Gold participants complete their expedition in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The Gold expedition is known to be one of the toughest expeditions to be completed by young people and will test them both physically and mentally. All of the experiences gained through the expedition are transferrable skills for future employment.

Once participants complete the Gold Award they will be invited to a certificate presentation at St James’ Palace, London.


In preparation for the expedition all pupils must undertake fitness training. This takes place every Monday at 4.10pm – 5.10pm. Pupils must also complete training in map reading, camp craft and basic first aid. This training takes place every Friday after school.