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Duke of Edinburgh - Levels Explained



The Three Levels explained

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.


Bronze

A Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.  

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.  It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.


Silver

The next step up from Bronze... you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver D of E programme.  If you've achieved your Bronze Award, your Leader may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.

A Silver D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other . It’s up to you which one you do for longer.

The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.

If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on.  Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.


Gold

Once you are 16 you can do your Gold D of E programme.  No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.

You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section.  For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - you decide which way round you do it.

Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in 'wild country'.

The big difference at Gold is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know.  It's great fun and a real chance to do something different!

For Gold, you'll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you've started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze.


Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award - but remember, all activities must be completed before then.


To find out further information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme ask Mr McCann in Science or visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme website through the following link:


http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/doing-your-dofe/