May 27, 2011

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Brief Description of the Course

The DofE award is nationally recognised qualification where pupils can develop their physical fitness, confidence, teamwork, leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.

The award is split into 4 sections; Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition.

For the Physical section, pupils must aim to develop their fitness in preparation for their expedition, whether through football, dancing, trampoline or the fitness room etc, pupils can choose what suits them.

For the Skills section, pupils must choose an area in which they are interested and develop their skills in that area, whether that be gardening, sports leadership, DIY, bicycle maintenance or cookery, the choice is endless.

For the volunteering section, pupils must commit to helping others in the local community, whether that is at an old peoples home, coaching football to youngsters, supporting peers in school or making Christmas decorations for a local church, pupils must commit to helping those in need.

Finally, the expedition section. The duration of the expedition is dependent upon the level of the award. At Bronze level pupils must complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition and at Silver level it is a 3 day, 2 night expedition. The expeditions involve developing and using map reading and navigation skills, team work, camp craft, cooking on a camping stove, problem solving, sleeping in a tent with a friend, carrying a large rucksack filled with all your equipment and having a lot of fun!

The programme will be full of activities and projects that will be both enjoyable and challenging, where you will make new friends and give something back to the community. You will gain a lot of new skills and develop existing ones, and make memories to last a lifetime, and best of all, the Duke of Edinburgh award looks great on your CV when applying for Sixth Form, College, University or a job!