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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

About the Award

This prestigious award was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as a way of developing young people and giving them the skills they need to prepare for life and work. It is looked upon favourably both by universities and employers, who seek well-rounded and open-minded individuals.

The award consists of 5 areas:

  • Volunteering – give back to the community
  • Physical – get fit and active
  • Skills – learn something new
  • Expedition – go on an adventure
  • Residential (gold only) – learn and socialise in a new setting

 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is flexible and can be taken alongside any programme at Oxford Sixth Form College.

Bronze award:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • Plus a further 3 months in either the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver award:

  • 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 didn’t do complete the Bronze award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold award:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do complete the Silver award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Benefits of the Programme

Through undertaking the DofE award, you will gain and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become a more rounded, confident person; qualities to which colleges, universities and employers are attracted.

You will gain:

  • Self-belief
  • Self-confidence
  • A sense of identity
  • Initiative
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Time management
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New friendships
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • Leadership and team-working skills

To find out more about the award, visit the website: https://www.dofe.org/

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