Senior - Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing young people with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.

The Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. Some of the benefits to young people include developing self confidence and self reliance; gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility; discovering new skills, interests and talents and developing leadership skills and abilities.


They can also discover exciting opportunities; make new friends; experience teamwork, problem solving and decision making; increase their motivation; enhance their self esteem and develop their communication skills. They will, of course, have fun!
The award is a four section programme, with three levels.

  • Bronze 14 and over
  • Silver 15 and over
  • Gold 16 and over

Sections involve

  • Voluntering – helping people in the community
  • Skills – covering almost any hobby, skill or interest
  • Physical Recreation – sport, dance and fitness
  • Expeditions – training for, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback, by boat or bicycle.
  • Residential Project Gold Award Only) – a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant.
  • Bronze Award 6 – 12 months
  • Silver Award 12 – 18 months
  • Gold Award 18 – 24 months

St Francis’ College runs a successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within the school.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Dates 2022

14th-15th May 2022 Bronze Training Expedition (Year 9)
17th-19th June 2022 Silver Practice Expedition Chilterns (Year 10)
1st-2nd July 2022 Bronze Assessment Expedition (Year 9)
14th-17th July 2022 Silver Assessment Expedition White Peaks (Year 10)
14th-18th July 2022 Gold Assessment Expedition Dark Peaks (Year 13)
14th-18th July 2022 Gold Practice Expedition Dark Peaks (Year 11)
14th-18th July 2022 Gold Practise Expedition Dark Peaks (Year 12)