The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Beacon Academy

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a life changing experience: an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, have a fun time with friends and gain essential skills and attributes for work life.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can complete a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

At Bronze and Silver level participants will: volunteer to help a person or community, become fitter, develop new skills, plan, train for and complete an expedition and, for Gold only, work with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender or background. It isn’t a competition but rather about setting personal challenges and reaching personal goals.

By completing a DofE programme young people have the opportunity to make new friends, improve their confidence and self-esteem whilst enhancing their future CVs and college, university and job applications.

Beacon Academy is now accredited as a licensed organisation and the staff here will support your young people through their programme, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

Beacon Academy began our DofE journey by offering the award to our first cohort of Bronze Award participants in November 2019. We initially offered the Bronze Award to Year 9 and 10 students and we are now offering the Silver Award to Year 12 students.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award logo

The Bronze Award: Year 9 only

It will usually take 6 months to complete your Bronze programme. The Award is made up of the following four sections:

  • Volunteering: 3 months

  • Skills: 3 months

  • Physical: 3 months

  • Expedition: 2 days / 1 night

Participants will also undertake an extra three months on either one of the Volunteering, Skills or Physical sections.

The Silver Award: Year 12 only

It will usually take 6 months to complete your Silver programme. The Award is made up of the following four sections:

  • Volunteering: 6 months

  • Skills: 3 months (please see below)

  • Physical: 3 months (please see below)

  • Expedition: 3 days / 2 nights

Participants will also undertake an extra three months in either the Skill or Physical sections.

Direct entrants (those who haven’t completed the Bronze Award) must undertake an additional 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skill Sections.

Enrolment on the Award

Enrolment for the Bronze and Silver Awards closed on Friday 16th October 2020. If you completed an enrolment form you will shortly receive an email directly from the DofE organisation with your login details. Mr Hoddinott – DofE Manager at Beacon Academy will contact you to explain how to begin your Award.

DofE FAQs 2020

Expedition Kit List

The DofE Kit List is available to view below. The items that are provided by the school are highlighted on the document and include stoves, fuel, maps, compasses and safety equipment.

DofE Expedition Kit List

DofE Programme Ideas

DofE Bitesize Bronze Planner

DofE Activity Log: Physical

DofE Activity Log: Skills

DofE Activity Log: Volunteering

Any questions?

Should you have any further questions about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Beacon Academy, please contact Mr R Hoddinott, Beacon Academy DofE Manager at dofe@beacon-academy.org.

Contact our DofE Manager