Duke Of Edinburgh


The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24-year olds the opportunity to be the best they can be.

All staff who will deliver the Award are appropriately qualified and have vast experience of delivering DofE expeditions throughout the UK. All are approved as expedition supervisors/assessors by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

St Wilfrid’s are offering students the opportunity to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Year 9, and the Gold Award in Year 12. If you are interested in taking part, the registration for Bronze Award will take place in the Summer term of Year 8, whilst Gold Award registration takes place during the Autumn term of Year 12.

Students will be required to complete a short application form to secure their place, explaining why they believe they are a strong candidate and have the commitment needed to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh award.

Contact Information

In school your contact for DofE is Miss Dunn who is located in the Geography department.

St Wilfrid’s will be partnering with Simonside Outdoor Adventure Centre to deliver the expedition section of the award. Please use your in-school contact if you require further information from Simonside.

All evidence is uploaded via the interactive online system, EDofE. You will receive your log in details once you are enrolled on the award. To access the site in future, please use the link below. Simonside Outdoor Adventure ‐ www.simonsideoutdooradventure.com The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Home page ‐ www.dofe.org Interactive online system to manage DofE programme ‐ www.edofe.org

Levels and Timescales

St Wilfrid’s currently offer both the Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Bronze – for those aged 13+ (Year 9)

Gold – for those aged 16+ (Post-16)

Activities for each section of the Duke of Edinburgh take a minimum of one hour per week. These take place over a set period of time, so that they can be fitted around academic commitments, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown by the evidence uploaded to EDofE.

Bronze timescales:

1. Volunteering section: 3 months

2. Physical section: 3 months

3. Skills section: 3 months

4. Expedition section: 2days/1night

You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Gold timescales:

1. Volunteering section: 12months

2. Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

3. Expedition section: 4days/3nights

4. Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Key Dates

Year 8 Assembly – Friday 30th June 2023

Bronze Award Enrolment – September 2023*

Bronze Award Expedition Dates – Spring Term 2024*

Year 12 Assembly – September 2023*

Year 12 Enrolment – September 2023*

Gold Award Practice Expedition Dates – Spring Term 2024*

Gold Award Qualifying Expedition Dates – Summer Term 2024*

* All final dates to be confirmed once the new academic year has commenced


All payment will be made to St Wilfrid’s RC College via ParentPay. Please contact school if you have any issues with this.

The cost of registration to DofE is paid via a non‐refundable deposit of;

Bronze ‐ £22

Gold ‐ £29

This pays for the enrolment costs and access to the online portal EDofE for the duration of the award.

The expedition costs will be shared well in advance of the dates, once these are confirmed with Simonside Outdoor Adventure Centre. An outline of the expeditions is below. Please note that students will be expected to provided their own warm clothing and food for the expeditions.

Bronze – A training session, 2-day practice expedition and a 2-day qualifying expedition including assessor. All specialist equipment (Tents, boots, rucksacks, stove etc.), transport, instruction, assessor reports, insurance and campsites are included in the package.

Gold ‐ A training sessions, a 4-day practice expedition and a 4-day qualifying expedition including assessor. All specialist equipment (Tents, boots, rucksacks, stove etc.), transport, insurance, assessor reports, instruction and campsites are included in the package.