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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) is non-competitive and open to all young people – it's about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. There are three levels of DofE programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Through their DofE, students will make friends and memories and build traits like confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which can benefit mental health. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for uni or for jobs.

To achieve their Award, participants must complete four sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and their Expedition.

Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.


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DofE at Little Heath School

Students at Little Heath School have the opportunity to enrol on the Bronze Award in Year 9 and the Silver Award in Year 10. Both awards require students to complete activities in the following sections:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, the community or the environment
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

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.

Students, find out more about the Bronze scheme here:


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It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

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

 Students, find out more about the Silver scheme here:


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Are you interested?

If the Duke of Edinburgh award is something that interests you, be sure to pop the School’s DofE manager, Mr O’Neill, an email to find out how you can get involved:


Sign up TODAY!

Download and complete the form and return it to Mr O'Neill. The current application deadline is
Monday 1 November 2021. The letter with more information can be downloaded below, along with presentations from the information evening on Monday 11 October.

The fees are detailed below and can be paid via Parentmail or directly to our Finance Team.  This includes registration fees, all expedition costs, a DofE polo shirt and insurance. If you are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, school will fund the £35 for your child, please just mark the PP box on the sign up form.

Year Award Fee
Year 9 Bronze £100
Year 11 Silver £200
Year 12 Gold £300


Supporting young people through DofE

The DofE are running a number of virtual sessions throughout October, November and December 2021, aimed at parents and carers and how you can support young people through their DofE award.

The session includes:

  • What DofE is
  • How to get started
  • What to expect
  • What to do to achieve an award
  • Where to find help

No need to book! For the session dates and how to join, go to the document 'DofE Parent Information Sessions 2021' in the attachments below.


Isn't this a lot of extra work? How will I ever be able to fit it into my studies?

You set your own programme to fit into your own timescale. It’s not a race to complete and you have until you are 25 years old. It is also possible to change your activities if you need to. Your choice of activity can also help further your studies but cannot be used towards coursework for an exam subject in school.

How do we do our Expedition?

The school will run you through your training for the expedition along with the expeditions themselves. For the bronze level you only need to complete one expedition and this will be done in the local area. For the silver award, a practice expedition will be held in the local area and an assessed expedition will be completed in the New Forest.

Doesn’t it cost a lot of money to do the DofE Award?

The cost of your DofE depends on what you decide to choose, some have no costs or if you are already attending a music lesson (for example) your normal charges will apply. There are costs associated with the Expedition Section, these costs will cover the; trainers, venue, campsite, equipment hire etc. Expedition costs will be explained by your expedition leader when the expedition dates are set. You will need to purchase a pair of walking boots and you may also wish to purchase personal DofE expedition equipment (waterproofs, rucksack). Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium may be able to use this money for their DofE Award. There are also local grants to which young people can apply to subsidise their DofE programme.

Where do I meet my DofE Leader?

Your DofE Leader is Mr O’Neill and you can meet him every Thursday lunch time room T19, so please feel free to pop in and see him! You can also contact him on