Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE). YOUR adventure starts here!

You have chosen to follow the footsteps of many students before you. The Award is an excellent addition to your CV and is highly respected by employers, as it shows that you are able to work hard to reach your goals.

To participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award you will be required to have a high work ethic and be committed 100% to achieving your goals. The Award is voluntary, which means you will NOT have teachers standing over the top of you demanding that you meet deadlines. This means that if you do not stay on top of your targets you may not pass when your peers do.

You will need to choose activities for the following four sections:

  • Skill - developing existing talents or trying something new.
  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment.
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey.

You can find a lot more information about the DofE on www.dofe.org.

The Bronze Award

A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need be at least 14 years old (Year 10) to start the Bronze programme and 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 set your aims for the sections.

This table shows what you need to do:

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition
All participants must undertake a further three months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.

At Toot Hill, you will complete two Expeditions during the summer term:

  • Expedition (Practice) 1: Thursday 14th - Friday 15th May
  • Expedition (Assessment) 2: Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th June

Lost your work booklet? Download and print a copy.

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