There are four sections to the award at Bronze and Silver level. These are:
- Service: Volunteering in the local or school community
- Skills: Learning new or developing existing skills
- Expedition: Plan, train for, and complete two adventure expeditions
- Physical Recreation: Usually completed through our sport programme
At Gold level, there is an additional fifth requirement
- Residential: Spend time away from home on a shared activity
Progression through the scheme is as follows:
- In Year 9, students commence the Skill and Sport elements of the Bronze DofE Award, and complete their practice expedition.
- In the Autumn Term of Year 10, students commence the Service and Expedition elements through formally joining either the CCF or DofE programme, and continue with their Skills and Sports, with the aim of completing the whole Bronze Award by Christmas.
- From the Spring Term of Year 10 onwards, students who opt to continue with DofE will work on the Silver Award, with the aim of completing this by the end of Year 11. Again, this can either be done within the CCF or through a separate DofE programme.
- In the Sixth Form, students have the opportunity to tackle the Gold Award.
Each year, service projects, residential trips and expeditions take place in a range of different locations. Recently, destinations travelled to as part of the scheme have included India, Rwanda, Namibia, the Pyrenees and of course the UK, including such diverse projects as shadowing the Devon Police and learning to deer stalk in Somerset, as well as trips across wild country areas such as Dartmoor or the North York Moors.
For more information, please visit the official Duke of Edinburgh's Award website at www.dofe.org