Enrichment courses are undertaken alongside your main studies and provide a great opportunity to learn new skills, develop existing talents and gain another qualification to support your UCAS entry and enhance your CV.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a multi-discipline activity which runs at 3 levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold).
At college we can fully support and organise expeditions for Bronze and Silver levels. We can support Gold and put you in contact with a local group to assist with the expedition.
In general we recommend newcomers to the Award to start at Bronze level in their first year. If you have completed Bronze or Silver already then you can enrol at the higher levels.
All levels of the award have common activities as follows, but just with different timescales:-
Volunteer – undertake a voluntary activity like helping at a local youth organisation or helping the elderly.
Skill – learn a new skill like driving a car or decorating a cake.
Physical – undertake a physical activity like dance, football or cycling.
Expedition – an outdoor expedition carrying everything you need to be self-sufficient camping for 2, 3 or 4 days for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
In addition for Gold, there is a ‘Residential Activity’ that you must undertake.
Help will be given in choosing your activities, but they will be up to you to organise, complete and get signed off by someone who has witnessed you undertake the activity.
The expedition will be set up for you and in your team of between 4 and 7 people you will plan your own routes and menus for the duration of the expedition.
Please note that there is sufficient time during the college year to successfully complete all the requirements of the Bronze or Silver levels. It is feasible to complete Bronze in your first year and Silver in your second if you are organised enough to get all your activities started early and signed off when they are complete.
When you complete all sections and have had your evidence signed off by your leader, you will achieve a
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
These are awarded at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
The ‘training’ takes place on either a Monday or Thursday during the allocated tutor time/enrichment slot on the timetable depending on the level on which you have enrolled.
There will also be outdoor expedition training and the expeditions themselves that you must undertake. These will all be at weekends.
You will be required to attend all the following:
3 Sunday training walks in the New Forest (during the winter/spring)
Practice expedition in New Forest (a full weekend near Easter)
Assessed expedition in New Forest (a full weekend mid-June)
3 Saturday training walks in the New Forest, Purbeck and South Downs
Practice expedition in Purbeck (either the first or last 3 day weekend of the Easter holiday – avoiding the Easter weekend itself)
Assessed expedition in the South Downs (the Whitsun bank holiday weekend in May)
What can I do with this qualification?
Completing one level allows you to enrol on the next level.
You have until your 25th birthday to complete which ever level you have started.
Many young people that complete their Gold Award go on to complete Mountain Leader or Walking Leader training which allows them to supervise groups of people on activities in ‘mountainous areas’ or in ‘open country’.
It is also a great qualification to show prospective universities or employers to show you have the level of commitment required to complete a project.
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