Duke of Edinburgh Gold (Year 12 & 13)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award (YEAR 12 & 13)

All students at SLGGS have the option to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award gold Award Scheme.

The award is highly challenging but highly rewarding. If achieved, it is highly valued by employers and universities alike due to the nature of commitment it has entailed.

The Award costs approximately £30.00 for registration and training, with two expeditions required in AS and A2 year costing approximately £430.00 each. This is excellent value for money as it will take us to the Plas Y Brenin, home of the National Mountain Centre, North Wales. Here the students will complete their expeditions, whilst carrying all their kit including tent, cooker, food and clothes etc.

Participants are required to complete sections in Skill, Volunteering, Physical, as well as a residential away from home.

d of e palace pic straightIf you complete the Award, you will make a trip to a Royal Palace to receive your Award from Prince Phillip or Prince Andrew. You must complete it by the age of 25.

For further details please see Mr Brady or email jbrady@langton.kent.sch.uk


Brief information Pack – Gold Award 2016-2017

Dates : 2nd - 9th July 2017

Quick Outline

  • Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme. No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
  • You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - you decide which way round you do it.
  • Your Practice Expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and will take place in North Wales. In Year 13, you repeat this, but with a different route and with an assessor checking your progress.
  • The big difference at Gold is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know. It's great fun and a real chance to do something different! This is organised by you and could be a University visit or a summer school.
  •  If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
  • For Gold, you'll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you've started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze. 

The Sections

  • You achieve your Gold Award by completing a personal programme of activities in five sections - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
  • You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity

The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

To help you get started here's a quick overview of what you'll need to think about:

  • You decide: It is up to you to find an activity that you wish to do in your own personal time; maybe something you’re already doing or something you are interested in. Most of all pick something you'll enjoy - it'll make it easier to stick at it!
  • How much is the activity? It depends on what you are planning to do, some will be expensive, some will be cheap and some will be completely free - it is your choice on how much you want to spend on each activity.
  • Where can I do an activity? Find out whether this activity can be done in your local area. If it can't, then it might involve you looking further away or searching for another activity. Part of the challenge of doing your DofE is finding a local opportunity.
  • How long do I have to do it? Either 12 months or 18 months, depending on the Section.
  • Insurance and safety for an activity: You may need to ask the provider of that activity what training and insurance cover is required or is in place.
  • Check the activity: Remember to check if what you are planning to do is permitted for the section. The DofE is very firm on what activities fall into which sections and they cannot be used for more than one section.
  • Changing your activity: Even though we don't encourage this, if absolutely necessary, you may make one change of activity in each section at each level. You must restart the preparation, training, activity and assessment process and the time spent on both activities will add up to meet the overall time requirements for that section.
  • Remember to tell Mr Brady about your plans before you start so you don't waste time on activities which won't count or don't fit into the right section!

The Expeditions

You will need to complete TWO expeditions, both in the summer terms after exams have finished. Each expedition will cost approximately £430.00, depending on the number of students taking part and the provider prices.

Plas – Y – Brenin, National Mountain Centre, Snowdonia.

We use PYB as it is the best provider in the country for taking people out into wild country and developing their skills. The PYB provide lots of spare kit if you son/daughter should happen to forget something, as well as providing fantastic meals on site and food to carry on expedition. We use an old cottage on site as a base, teacthers will be present during all activities, except during the actual walking, when they they will be remotely supervised by qualified mountain leaders and the Snowdonia Assessor Network.