The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops young people for life and work.


The DofE Award is a voluntary, non-competitive, flexible, personal development programme of activities for young people aged 13-24. The DofE is a nationally and internationally recognised award favoured by colleges, universities and employers.


Bronze Level is currently available at The Rainey for our Yr11 Pupils. Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all evidence must be recording online.


Award Sections

There are four sections in the Bronze Award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.


Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the Volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.


The Physical section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.


The Skills section is about discovering what you’re really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website?


The Expedition is carried out as part of a small team. You will plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch your horizons. You’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.


Bronze timescales

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night (1 Practice Expedition and 1 Assessed Expedition must be completed)
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.


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