Duke of Edinburgh


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

At Key Stage 4 students all take part in the Bronze D of E Award.

This national programme aims for young people to have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. Students will gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as confidence, resilience, problem-solving, team working, communication and drive.




The Bronze Award is comprised of 4 sections:

  1. Volunteering – giving time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals, without getting paid;
  2. Skill – an activity that will allow students to prove they have broadened their understanding and increased their expertise in a chosen skill e.g. learning a new language, instrument, artistic skill such as photography or digital skill such as coding.
  3. Physical  – choosing any sport, dance or fitness activity which requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. This may be to improve fitness or, for example, to sustain personal involvement in a team sport
  4. Expedition – students will learn how to plan, train and complete an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition over 2 days (camping overnight) with an agreed aim. Prior training focuses on teamwork, map reading, health and safety, kit, etc, and a practice expedition is carried out in advance.

Students must complete each section to achieve the full award, but they can also achieve section certificates along the way

Sections 1-3 must be sustained for at least three months, and students may choose which one of these they would like to continue for an additional 3 months.

Students are trained in school by a D of E Coordinator. All activities are verified by external assessors and students will use to record evidence of having completed each section.

By completing the Bronze Award, students will be able to enhance their CV and applications for future study and/or work. They can also progress onto the Silver and Gold Awards at a later date if they want to, but even at Bronze level, top employers recognise the work-ready skills which Award holders bring to their business.

Students also make a difference to other people’s lives and their community, get fitter and healthier, and make memories to last a lifetime. Doing the D of E can also boost a student’s mental health and wellbeing in that it helps them face and overcome personal challenges and immerses them in new activities they may not have done before.

More information can be found on the D od E website: The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (