A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for young people. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award. Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

We are very proud of the continued success of our students within the programme, and more information about their many achievements will appear on this page shortly. Our DofE programme is co-ordinated by Mr Coombs, an experienced outdoor instructor, who can be contacted for more information by clicking here.

There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Corsham School offers students in years 9 – 13 a DofE programme at all three award levels:

Bronze (Year 9 onwards)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
Three months Three months Three months Plan, train for and undertake a two day, one night expedition
All participants must undertake a further three months in the Voulnteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver (Year 10 onwards)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
Six months One section for six months and the other section for three months Plan, train for and undertake a three day, two night expedition
Direct entrants must undertake a further six months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold (Year 11 onwards)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
Twelve months One section for twelve months and the other section for six months Plan, train for and undertake a four day, three night expedition Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for five days and four nights.

Expeditions

Entrants will need to complete an expedition at each stage of the award:

Level Duration Minimum hours of planned activity each day
BRONZE Two days and one night At least six hours during the daytime (three of which must be spent travelling)
SILVER Three days and two nights At least seven hours during the daytime (three and a half of which must be spent travelling)
GOLD Four days and three nights At least eight hours during the daytime (four of which must be spent travelling)