Duke of Edinburgh

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

At Woolwich Poly, we recognise that education is about creating mature, motivated and well-rounded individuals which is why we offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to our Year 10 and Year 12 students. Please see below for more information about the Award and why you should undertake one!

Why complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

Although there is a small cost involved, the benefits of completing the award are huge! It enhances your teamwork and leadership skills, boosts your confidence and helps you to build new relationships. You learn new skills and gain new experiences. DofE Award holders are committed and ambitious, who have given their time to help others. Your experiences from your award will make you more confident, and will also make your CV or UCAS application stand out from the crowd!

What’s involved?


The Bronze DofE is offered to students in Year 10.

A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) expedition (plus a practice expedition).

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.


The Silver DofE is offered to students in Year 12.

A Silver DofE programme also has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to you which one you do for longer.

The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition (plus a practice expedition).

If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on.


Coming soon – watch this space!

Want to know more?

Year 10: Email Miss H. Johnson (hjohnson1@woolwichpoly.co.uk)
Year 12: Email Mr R. Ali (rali@woolwichpoly.co.uk)

Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email: enquiries@woolwichpoly.co.uk
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