Duke of Edinburgh

Key Stage 4

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze/Silver Award

100% practical, our students will keep a record of their voluntary, physical and skills section activities. The final assessment will consist of an expedition, which will be assessed by an external assessor.

Our students would find that achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Award can be life-changing, giving them experience of working in a team and considering/supporting their team’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a fun adventure and with some major challenges, students can work through the three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

The main differences between the Award levels are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.


Bronze Award

Aimed for those that are 14+ years

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do further 3 months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver Award

Aimed for those that are 15+ years

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
  • If you did not do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Each of the following sections need to be completed:

Voluntary section– Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you are interested in;

  • Working with animals
  • working with older people
  • raise money for a worthy cause
  • teaching children about cyber safety
  • starting a local recycling campaign

The Volunteering section of your Duke of Edinburgh enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.


The Physical section – is a chance for our student to focus on their health and fitness, whilst having fun along the way. Perhaps you are interested in team sport, such as;

  • football
  • netball
  • basketball
  • hockey

Or individual sports, such as;

  • dance
  • cycling
  • running

The Skills section – is about discovering what you are really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, such as;

  • playing a musical instrument
  • learn how to cook a three course meal
  • how to design a website
  • improve on your baking skills

By developing their practical and social skills, and nurturing their personal interests and talents, our students will boost their self-esteem and CV.


This is where our students will take part in a 2day, 1 night camping expedition. Our students will develop an understanding of how to improve on their; orienteering knowledge, cooking skills, develop an understanding of how to apply first aid if necessary during an expedition, and complete a 12k walk on each day of the expedition. Which our students will be assessed on their final expedition.