Duke of Edinburgh

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

In 2013 more than one million young people around the world took part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. Since the Award’s launch nearly 60 years ago, it has inspired more than eight million young people to transform their lives. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world. Young people who do the Award become more confident and resilient, and develop skills in areas such as communication, problem solving and leadership. This in turn impacts on their communities, who see improvements in areas including employability, health and wellbeing, and educational attainment.

For more information visit The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Benefits:

There are several benefits to completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Development of new skills
Confidence in your own ability
Organisational and time management skills
Support for your UCAS and university applications (and further in the future)
The opportunity to learn more about yourself
You may already be doing several of the criteria included in DofE and now
 You will be able to get recognition for all the things you do
And ultimately… you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

UCAS states:

Activities before higher education
Super and Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There’s so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:

clubs, societies and employment in your local area
higher education taster courses
science, technology, engineering and maths activities
skills development – e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise etc.
volunteering
accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education

Timetables

Provisional Timetable for Runnymede College

JUNE
JULY
OCT-DEC
JAN-MAR
APR-MAY
JUNE
Introduction to DofE
Signing up
30th July:
Deadline for registration
DofE Training sessions
Students begin the first three sections
DofE training sessions
Continue chosen section
(3 extra months)
Focused Preparation for the Expedition
(Campcraft, practice excursion, route cards)
Adventurous Journey
(2 days + 1 night)

Timescale for all section
Bronze (14+ years old)
(All participants must undertake a futher 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections)

VOLUNTEERING
PHYSICAL
SKILLS
EXPEDITION
3 months3 months3 monthsPlan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.

Silver (15+ years old)
(Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections)

VOLUNTEERING
PHYSICAL
SKILLS
EXPEDITION
6 monthsOne section for 6 months and the other section for 3 monthsOne section for 6 months and the other section for 3 monthsPlan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

Gold (16+ years old)
(Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections)

VOLUNTEERING
PHYSICAL / SKILLS
EXPEDITION
RESIDENTIAL
12 monthsOne section for 12 months and the other section for 6 monthsPlan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition.Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

TIMESCALE FOR THE EXPEDITION SECTION ONLY (TAKING PLACE IN JUNE 2017)
BRONZE2 days and 1 nightAt least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)
SILVER3 days and 2 nightsAt least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 31/2 of which must be spent journeying)
GOLD4 days and 3 night At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)