The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities for all young people, whatever their background or ability.

The award is a 4 section (5 at gold) programme with 3 levels:

  • bronze (for those aged 14 and over) 
  • silver (for those aged 15 and over)
  • gold (for those aged 16 and over)

The sections involve:

  • volunteering (helping people in the community) 
  • skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • physical (sport, dance and fitness)
  • expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • residential project (Gold Award only) (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)

It would usually take a participant between 6 to 12 months to complete a Bronze Award; 12 to 18 months for a Silver Award and 18 to 24 months for a Gold Award.

It may take less time for completion of the Silver or Gold Awards if the participant holds the preceding award. All awards must be completed by the participant's 25th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Poole

The Award is delivered by a team of over 90 volunteers working in 14 units across the town.

Units currently running the award in Poole:

  • Bournemouth and Poole College 
  • Carter Community School
  • CAW DofE (closed group)
  • Corfe Hills School
  • Langside School
  • Magna Academy
  • Montacute School
  • Quay School
  • Parkstone Grammar School
  • Parkstone Sea Cadets
  • Poole Grammar School
  • Poole High School
  • St Aldhelm's Academy
  • St Edward's School
  • Victoria Education Centre 

For more information please contact the Award units directly. 

Find out more about Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Page last updated: 02 May 2019
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