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Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people achieve from undertaking a DofE Award. 

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Click below for further information:


Volunteering SECTION 

The Volunteering Section is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. Volunteering for a Duke of Edinburgh's Award must not be done for a business, but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

Click below for a list of Volunteering ideas:                                                                              


For your Physical Section you need to choose any sport, dance or fitness activity – in short, anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. A local sports team or a P.E extra-curricular activity after school are just a few examples.

Click below for a list of Physical ideas:                                                                                          


For your Skills Section you need to choose an activity that will allow you to broaden your understanding and increase your expertise in your chosen skill. This may entail learning to play a musical instrument or how to cook a number of traditional meals from scratch.

Click below for a list of Skills ideas:                                                                                                

Residential section 

At Gold Level, participants are required to undertake an additional Residential Section. This involves spending five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. Examples include the National Citizen Service (NCS) or supporting a Scout residential camp.

Click below for a guide on choosing a Residential activity:

Does the residential count for your Gold programme?                                                          

Click below for a list of Residential ideas:                                                                                  

Extra information on the Residential Section (Gold Award only):                                                                        


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Expedition Section

The Expedition section entails participants planning, training for and completing an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim. 

A flavour of a DofE expedition...


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Participants undertake at least one practice expedition before a qualifying expedition (the one that is assessed).

An expedition must be completed by a participants own physical effort with minimal external intervention and without motorised assistance.

How long does my expedition need to be?

 A participant must meet the 20 Conditions of an Expedition in order to pass successfully.

Click below to view the 20 Conditions of the Expedition Section:                                

Condition 14 requires a participant to have the necessary physical fitness, first aid and expedition skills required to complete their expedition safely. First aid and expedition skills are undertaken as part of the Expedition Training at school.

Click below to refresh your first aid and expedition skills: - First aid skills - Expedition skills - OS Map symbols

Condition 17 requires a participant to understand and adhere to the Countryside Code.

Click below to view the Countryside Code:            

The Expedition Section is managed by Haydon School in partnership with BXM Expeditions, an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Please see the link below for a range of useful information available on their website:

EXPEDITION Dates 2019/20 (all levels) 

Saturday 1st February 2020 - Expedition Training Day (All Levels). This is based at Haydon School.

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th March 2020 - Bronze Practice Expedition

Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September 2020 - Bronze Assessment Expedition

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October 2020 - Silver Practice Expedition

Saturday 24th - Monday 26th October 2020 - Silver Assessment Expedition

EXPEDITION Dates 2020/21 (all levels)

Saturday 6th February 2021 - Expedition Training Day (All Levels). This is based at Haydon School.

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th March 2021 - Bronze Practice Expedition

Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th April 2021 - Bronze Assessment Expedition

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th March 2021 - Silver Practice Expedition

Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd May 2021 - Silver Assessment Expedition

Saturday 3rd - Tuesday 6th July 2021 - Gold Practice Expedition

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd July 2021 -  Gold Assessment Expedition

Expedition Kit Checklist  

To ensure you have all the essential kit for the Expedition Section of your Award, please see the online Expedition Kit Checklist & Expedition Kit Slide - Expedition Kit Checklist - Expedition Kit Slide

EDofE Support 

For support in using eDofE, including uploading Activity details and photo evidence, please see the 10 Step eDofE User Guide for Participants below: - eDofE Online

This video will show you how to log into eDofE for the first time:


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If you’re a participant undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you are able to download the DofE app to start, manage and complete your programme. This is a convenient way to update eDofE as well as upload evidence and Assessors Reports. Available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

DofE App FAQs -

This video will show you how to use the DofE App:


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If you have forgotten your login details, please see Mr Harding or click the link below:

Assessors Reports 

Upon completion of the Volunteering, Physical, Skills or Residential section, an Assessors Report is required to be completed and uploaded onto eDofE. This is in order for the given section of your Award to be verified as completed. 

For guidance on how to complete an Assessors Report please click the link below:                                               - Assessors Report Guide

An Assessors Report can be completed online using the link below. If completing an Assessors Report online, please ensure your ID number is issued to your Assessor. Your ID number is located on the top left of your eDofE homepage.                                                                                                                                ​ - Assessors Report

For further information, including how to enrol onto your Duke of Edinburgh's Award at school, please contact: 

Mr Harding - Duke of Edinburgh's Award Manager                                                                                                                                  Miss Brock - Assistant Duke of Edinburgh's Award Manager 
Office: Room 80A