Information for the Silver 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.


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

What is involved in the Silver Award?

Silver DofE group project 2021

There are four sections involved in the Silver 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 two-day expedition. The expedition will include camping overnight for two nights and preparing meals using camping equipment. In previous years at Silver level the group have taken part in a canoe expedition which has proved to be very successful and we would look to do the same again next year.

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.


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.


There is an initial cost of £25 for registration. For residential students a further cost of £300 for the expedition section would need to be paid by the end of March 2022.

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.

For more information

If you require more information about the Silver Award, contact Steve on email: or telephone: 01691 661234 ext 383