Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be in Y9 or above and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

Bronze Award


You can start the Bronze award once you’re 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.
The Bronze award costs £195, the price includes 1 paper log book, 1 electronic log book, all the training and two expeditions.

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.


All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver Award

You need to be in Year 10 or above.
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.
The Silver award costs £225, the price includes 1 paper log book, 1 electronic log book, all the training and two expeditions.

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold Award

Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme. No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
If you did a previous level, you can choose the same activity for Gold, but you need to show development in it. It’s best to try something new!
You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other – you decide which way round you do it.
Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’.
The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know. It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!
If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze.
The Gold award cost includes 1 paper log book, 1 electronic log book, all the training and two expeditions. Please note the residential can cost more depending on its nature.

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months Plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

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