Information for the Gold Award at Derwen College

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) gives young people aged between 14 and 24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. It is a challenge, and one which helps young people gain:

  • An internationally recognised and valued award.
  • A sense of achievement.
  • Communication skills.
  • Evidence of commitment.
  • Experience of team work.
  • Independent thinking.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Self-reliance.
  • The ability to face a challenge.
  • The opportunity to try something new.
  • Time management skills.

Levels

There are three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

What is involved in the Gold Award?

DofE Gold expedition 2021

There are four sections involved in the Gold DofE:

1) Volunteering
This section is about helping people, the community, society, the environment or animals.

2) Skills
Encourages young people to develop practical and social skills and pursue their personal interests.

3) Physical
Helps young people achieve a healthy lifestyle and a greater physical fitness. Physical activities can include athletics, football, martial arts, dance or swimming.

4) Expedition
This will involve planning, training for, and completing a three day expedition. The expedition will include camping overnight and preparing meals using camping equipment.

5) Residential
This will involve five days and four nights away from home, meeting and working alongside new people. The residential is all about having new experiences, in a new environment and gaining new life skills.

Derwen College supports the students with each section of the Award and where necessary guides students to ensure the criteria is met. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an inclusive award which can be tailored to the individual, ensuring that each student gets the opportunity to take part and achieve.

Timings

The students will be required to work for three hours a week on the four sections of the award. This can be done through timetabled activities.

Costs

There is an initial cost of £28 for registration and further costs for the expedition and residential sections.
The total cost per residential student for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is £1,050.

If your young person is a day student there will be additional charges for taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This is due to DofE sessions taking place outside of the usual college week.  Please contact me for more information and we are happy to provide a breakdown of the extra costs.

At this stage we are asking for a payment of £350 which is to be made by March 2022.  We are hopeful that we can obtain sponsorship for the remaining balance from local organisations to cover the shortfall.

For more information

If you require more information about the Gold Award, contact Steve on email: stephen.evans@www.derwen.ac.uk or telephone: 01691 661234 ext 383