Duke of Edinburgh Award


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure-time activities for 14–25 year olds, designed to offer pupils a personal and individual challenge.

It introduces pupils to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. They make new friendships, working with adults who give up their time to share skills and help organise the programme. Many things they do at school already may count towards one of the sections, so they are validating what they already do.

In DofE, pupils learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. What's more, it's prestigious and valued by influential people, organisations and employers; Gold is not known as the Golden A Level for nothing!

Awards Levels

There are three levels to DofE which consist of a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

  • Bronze: A minimum commitment of 6 months (aimed at years 9, 10 and 12 students)

  • Silver: A minimum commitment of 12 months (aimed at students who have already passed their Bronze 

  • Gold: A minimum commitment of 18 months (run by the local Open Award Centre)

Duke of Edinburgh at CGSG:

At CGSG we run the Bronze Award for Years 9, 10 and 12 and the Silver award for Year 10 and 12 students who have successfully completed their Bronze Award.

Bronze and Silver Awards

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and, if Gold, taking part in a residential activity.

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

  • SECTION 1 : VOLUNTEERING – To encourage service to others.  This requires that young people show a commitment to helping others, either by learning about a community service by attending an organised course, or providing service to other people in need. This should be carried out for a minimum of 3 months.  Some examples are Young Leaders at Scouts / Guides or Cadets, helping run school clubs and fund-raising. 


  • SECTION 2 :  SKILLS – To encourage discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills. This requires young people to commit to a hobby or skill for a minimum of 3 months.  Hobbies that are already being followed can count eg : playing a musical instrument, or there are over 200 suggested skills recommended by the scheme.

  • SECTION 3 : PHYSICAL RECREATION – To encourage participation and improvement in performance. Young people must undertake a minimum of 3 months participation in a physical activity. Most sporting activities will count towards this section as does dance and horse-riding.


In addition, for Bronze an extra 3 months commitment must be added to any one of these three sections and for Silver students need to complete two sections and 6 months and one at 3 months. For Silver direct entrants students must complete one section at 12 months, one section at 6 months and one section at 3 months.  This allows for as much individual flexibility as possible.


  • SECTION 4 : EXPEDITIONS – To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery under remote supervision. In teams of between 4-7, young people are trained in camping and navigation skills under the supervision of qualified leaders. They must then complete a supervised practice journey in unfamiliar surroundings comprising approximately 15 miles walking over two days with an overnight camp. They will then be required to complete a similar assessed journey, reporting at checkpoints throughout. A qualified Assessor monitors their progress and assesses the group performance. The expedition normally take place between March and October.

For more information visit the Duke of Edinburgh homepage. If you are interested and would like to know how to get involved find Miss Newington in LO2 or contact the DofE CGSG team on dofe@chathamgirlsgrammar.medway.sch.uk

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