The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s 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 six month (minimum) 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.
- The ability to face a challenge.
- The opportunity to try something new.
- Time management skills.
Participants usually complete the Bronze award before attempting the Silver award.
What does the Silver Award involve?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an inclusive award, tailored to each individual. This enables participants to take part and challenge their own individual abilities. Derwen College supports each student throughout their DofE journey, providing guidance and enabling them to persevere and complete each element of the Award.
There are four sections involved in the Silver DofE:
This section is about helping people, the community, society, the environment or animals.
Encourages young people to develop practical and social skills and pursue their personal interests.
Helps young people achieve a healthy lifestyle and a greater physical fitness. Physical activities include a wide-range of sports or exercise including (but not limited to) athletics, football, martial arts, dance or swimming.
This will involve planning, training for, and completing a three day/two night expedition.
The expedition will include travel (this is usually canoeing, but could be by other modes, eg: bike or walking), camping overnight and preparing meals using camping equipment.
What to expect when completing a DofE award
The DofE awards are, rightfully, a challenge. The awards push participants to learn new skills, work as a team, complete physical activities and volunteer their time to help others.
Participants have to dedicate their time to fulfilling all aspects of the award so it’s really important that young people and their parents or carers take time to discuss the DofE award and whether it is something that your young person really wants to do. Whilst staff can encourage participants to attend, the motivation to complete the award has to come from each individual.
Participants are required to take part in all of the following weekly activities:
- 1 hour per week timetabled DofE session, where students will learn skills and undertake volunteering. (Additional hours learning skill and volunteering outside of this time can also be put forward as evidence). It’s essential that participants attend these sessions every week in order to build up the evidence of their skill building and volunteering.
- A minimum of 1 hour per week of physical activity. This can be a timetabled session or other evidenced wellbeing session.
Participants are required to take part in all of the following additional sessions:
- Off-site expedition practice days
- On-site expedition practice and skill/volunteering day
- Off-site expedition days
There is an initial cost of £35 for Silver Award registration, which is due by 30 October 2023.
Expedition costs for residential students is £365, to be paid by 28 February 2024.
If your young person is a day student there is an additional charge 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 Steve Evans for more information and we are happy to provide a breakdown of the extra costs.