The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been described as a ‘A life-changing experience’. It is a personal programme of activities, set up in 1956 (1958 for girls) to “inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.” It is an internationally recognised award which is highly respected by employers and universities alike. It provides the tools to develop essential skills for future life and work whilst giving students an opportunity to make new friends and experience an adventure.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award consists of three levels: Bronze open to year 9’s, Silver open to year 10’s and Gold open to year 12 and 13. It will take between six and eighteen months to complete, depending on the level and you have until your 25th birthday to complete the award. Each level is divided down into four sections (five if you are doing Gold): volunteering, Skill, physical recreation and the expedition.