Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. Students just need to be in Year 10 or above and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
Students can do programmes at three levels which lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Students achieve the Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (and for Gold a Residential).
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold).
BRONZE Duke of Edinburgh programme has four sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students must complete a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and take part in a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.
Students also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s their choice which one and, though it can be changed later, students should decide which section they want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long it will take will help students choose an activity and set goals for each section. It will usually take at least six months to complete the Bronze programme.
The next step up from Bronze... students need to be at least 15 to start doing their Silver D of E programme. If a student has achieved their Bronze Award, they may be allowed to start their Silver a month or two before their 15th birthday.
SILVER Duke of Edinburgh programme has four sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students need to do at least six months Volunteering and a minimum of six months on either Physical or Skills and three months on the other. It’s up to students which one they do for longer.
The Expedition section involves planning, training for and taking part in a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
If students start their Silver without doing Bronze first they’ll have to do an extra six months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections they have spent more time on. Though students can change their mind later, they should decide which section they want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long students are going to do it for will help them to choose their activity and set goals for each section.
It will take students at least six months for Silver if they've already achieved their Bronze, or 12 months if they've jumped straight into Silver.
Once students are 16 they can do their GOLD Duke of Edinburgh programme. No activities can be counted for this before their 16th birthday.
Students will spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills students must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - they decide which way round to do it.
The Gold 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 that students will also take part in a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people they don't know. Its great fun and a real chance to do something different!
If students have jumped straight into the Gold D of E programme they’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of their physical or skills activities they spent the most time on. For Gold, students will need to do their programme for at least 12 months if they've achieved their Silver Award, or 18 months if they've started at Gold level without doing their Silver - even if they've done Bronze.
As an Assessor you can add your report directly into the participant’s online eDofE account from here.
All you need is the participant’s eDofE ID number, their Award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) and the section you are assessing them for (Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition or Residential). Please ask the young person you have been supporting for these details.
Your comments automatically go to the participant’s DofE Leader for approval before being added to the participant’s account. We ask for your email address and phone number to enable their DofE Leader to contact you should they wish to discuss your assessment with you.
Please remember to keep your comments positive and encouraging. Thank you for supporting young people with their activities.
Click here to access the assessors website - http://www.dofe.info/assessor