Levels

There are three levels of the programme, leading to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main difference between the levels are the minimum length  of time it takes to complete them, how challenging  it is and the minimum age you can start. You are free to start at any level and have until your 25th birthday to complete your award

Bronze

You can start the Bronze programme in Year 10.  The programme has four sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical & Expedition. You spend  six months on one of the Volunteering, Skills or Physical sections and three months on the remaining two.  You will also plan, train for and do  a two day and one night expedition.

Silver

You can start the Silver programme in Year 11.  The programme has four sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical & Expedition. You spend  six months Volunteering and a minimum of six months on either the Skills or Physical sections and three months on the other.  You will also plan, train for and do  a three day and two nights expedition.

Gold

You can start the Gold programme in Year 12.  The programme has five sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical, Residential & Expedition. You spend  twelve months on the Volunteering, section. For the Skills and  Physical sections you spend twelve months on one and six months on the other. If you have not done your Silver Award you will need to spend 18 months doing your programme. You will also plan, train for and do  a four day and three nights expedition in ‘wild country’. At Gold you will also take part in a Residential—staying away from home for five days and four nights.