Duke of Edinburgh

Harlington Upper School has been running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for several years and is now a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) as we hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to young people on our own premises.

It’s difficult to list them all here but there are so many benefits to completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award; you will have so much fun pushing yourself to do new things, it will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills, meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships and the DofE Award can give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job. Put simply, the DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of the participants say, it’s life-changing.

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time taken to complete, the level of challenge and the minimum age you can start. Each award is divided in to 4 sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition
  • Residential (for Gold DofE participants only)

It is up to you what you do, in each section there is a wide range of options from which you can choose. Indeed some of the activities you currently do may count towards the award!

The award is open to anyone at Harlington Upper School between the ages of 14 and 25. Special qualifications are not needed and we offer all levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students are offered the opportunity to do their expeditions by walking locally in Bedfordshire for the Bronze Award and further afield for the Silver and Gold Award such as in the Peak District.

For further information contact Enquiries or lcavadias@harlington.org or visit the DofE website.
Also see the Expedition Approval Policy for D of E Expeditions on Foot.

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