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The Award

There are three levels to the award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The award is made up of four sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Expeditions. A Residential Project is also required for the Gold Award.

Which level is best for me?

The Gold Award is aimed at Sixth Form students and above so the society recommends that you begin at this level. If you have already started Bronze or Silver then we can accomodate you but we will not be able to assess you on the Qualifying expedition, however we can arrange for an assessment with a different society.

The Gold Award

If you have completed the Silver Award you will be classed as a direct entrant to Gold and the award will take a minimum of 12 months. If not you will be classed as an indirect entrant and the award will take a minimum of 18 months. The award must be completed by your 25th birthday. There are five sections in the Gold Award and on completion you will be invited to the Palace to receive your certificate.

How long do I need to spend on each section?

For Direct Entrants: carry out Service for 12 months and either Skills or Physical Recreation for 12 months and the other for 6 months.

For Indirect Entrants: the same as for Direct Entrants but an additional 6 months must be spent on Service or the longer out of the Skills or Physical Recreation sections.

Activities should be carried out for one or two hours, ideally once a week, for the required time period. It is not sufficient, for example, to pack a 12 month activity into one intensive course.

The Sections

For each it is important that you follow a structured programme that will be approved and signed off by a coach, teacher or organiser both at the beginning and at the completion of the section.



The aim of the skills section is to increase your knowledge about a given topic or activity. Examples include: learning to play a musical instrument,learning a new language or learning to drive. There is a more comprehensive PDF list on the National DofE website, here.


Physical Recreation

The aim of the Physical Recreation section is to increase your fitness level and your technique in a given sport. Examples include: football, Ultimate Frisbee or dance. There is a more comprehensive PDF list on the National DofE website, here.



The aim of the Service section is to give you the opportunity to offer your time to a worthwhile cause. Examples include: conservation work, volunteering at a charity shop or youth organisation. Again there is a more comprehensive PDF list on the National DofE website, here.



For Gold you will need to complete a practice and a qualifier expedition if you are a direct entrant and one or two practice expeditions and a qualifier if you are an indirect entrant. The aim of the Expeditions section is to take you out of your comfort zone in challenging terrain and conditions. In addition, the Qualifier Expedition requires you to examine an aspect of the expedition other than the hard physical criteria. Past examples have included: group psychology, plant life and Welsh place names. You will be expected to include these findings in your main expedition report, which will be presented to the committee. The society's past expeditions have taken place in the Peak District, Snowdonia National Park and the Lake District. To find out more please visit our expeditions page, here.


Residential Project

The Gold Award has an additional requirement over the other award levels which is the Residential Project. It aims to give you the opportunity to spend at least five days and four nights away from home engaged in a worthwhile activity. Examples include: Turtle conservation in Cuba, Signals training with the Royal Signals Regiment in Dorset and dry stone walling in the Scottish Highlands. Again there is a more comprehensive PDF list on the National DofE website, here.