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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Accrington Academy’s  DofE programme is open to all students from years 9 to 13. Students can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been operational at the Academy since 2013, growing every year, there are 56 Bronze and 14 Silver students registered for 2016 with our very first Gold expedition planned for 2017.

The award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if working towards Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

Students will help people or the community, get fitter, develop skills, go on an expedition and take part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The Benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Universities and future employers are often keen to interview candidates who have gained Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, because they know that such involvement means a young person is proactive and may have developed a whole host of skills. Full information about the award can be read on the official Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website 

Students choose their own activity for each section other than the Expedition. It’s a personal responsibility to find and complete these activities – school can advise students however students must work independently. Each activity must be assessed and signed off by someone qualified in that activity, and who is not a family member.

View these documents for ideas on how to complete each section:

Programme Ideas Volunteering

Programme Ideas Skills

Programme Ideas Residential

Programme Ideas Physical


    For 2017, the cost of the expedition programme is £150 for Bronze or Silver award.

    This includes Training, Practice and Qualifying expeditions, Transport, the Log Book, hire of a compass, insurance, and all group equipment.

    Food and personal equipment are not included.

    Bronze: minimum 6 months. 2 day/1 night practice expedition, 2 day/1 night qualifying expedition

    Silver: minimum 6 months. 2 day/2 night practice expedition, 3 day/2 night qualifying expedition

    Gold: minimum 12 months. 3 day/2 night practice expedition, 4 day/3 night qualifying expedition, plus Residential.