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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

We are delighted to be able to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award at John Ferneley College to students from Year 9 upwards. 

Our highly committed team lead students to gain both the Bronze and Silver award during their time with us, and many go on to take on the Gold once they enter post-16. 

Students are required to undertake a physical challenge, volunteering, learn a new skill and take part in an expedition in order to complete the award. This prestigious award is highly recognised by prospective employers and education institutions, and is a real challenge should the student wish to take it!


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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a world-leading youth charity which gives all 14-24 year olds the chance to develop skills for life and work. They engage, inspire and empower over 300,000 young people a year across the UK and from every possible background. 

The DofE Award is a game-changer. They know that perseverance and passion for long-term goals are linked to success in education, life, and work. Our structured programme of volunteering, physical and skills-based challenges inspire, guide and support young people to achieve. 

They believe that anything is possible and the possibilities are endless. The positive effects of the DofE are proven and far-reaching. Communities are enriched with passionate and driven volunteers, businesses benefit from work-ready, competent recruits and young people are given the confidence to shine. 

What other benefits does the Duke of Edinburgh Award have?

Universities and employees in many companies think highly of this and it can be included in students’ personal statements and job applications in their future career. In addition, students can meet new friends and get on with them. From this activity, they can learn how to manage their time properly. Students who attend this activity can also visit a different part of the UK with a different angle and various experience.

  • During your spare time, you should try something new.
  • Prepare to co-operate with others.
  • Push yourself in doing some things.

We also asked the same questions of the students who took part in the award. In general, they think it is a very positive contribution to their John Ferneley College life. It helps them to become much more active and it is a really good chance to socialise with other people.

Making new friends and having a colourful John Ferneley College life is better than staying at home and doing nothing. What’s more, it can be written in your personal statement which can be useful for UCAS.

Please visit our gallery to view images from recent expeditions, here > Gallery

Key dates:
  • Silver and Bronze Training Day ~ Saturday 11th March 2023
  • Silver Practice Expedition ~ Friday 14th April - Sunday 16th April 2023
  • Bronze Practice Expedition ~ Saturday 20th May – Sunday 21st May 2023
  • Bronze Qualifying Expedition ~ Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 4th June 2023
  • Silver Qualifying Expedition ~ Friday 7th July - Monday 10th July 2023

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award, please contact Mrs Woolaston (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator) at [email protected].