Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a nationally recognised qualification for young people in the UK. It involves a challenging programme of activities designed to encourage students to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure.
Employers and universities see the award as evidence of a student’s positive commitment and qualities. Therefore, it is no surprise that the College is a large provider of the scheme, with around 60 new students undertaking the award each year. If you have already started your award elsewhere you can continue and complete it at the College.
The Award at City College Plymouth
At City College, students have the opportunity to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, designed for young people aged 14-24 years of age.
Completing the Awards requires a great deal of commitment for between six and 18 months, but brings a great sense of personal achievement. Students need to complete four different sections: volunteering, skill, physical, and an expedition. For the Gold Award you will be expected to undertake a residential section.
- Volunteering: to get involved in a project that helps the environment, individuals, charities, the community or all four.
- Skill: to discover and develop new or existing personal interests, such as learning a new language, musical instrument or artistic skill, cooking or driving.
- Physical: To participate and improve in some form of exercise, sport or physical fitness.
- Expedition: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. (Training includes activities such as camp-craft, navigation, route planning and first-aid.)
- Residential: To broaden a student’s experience through involvement with others in a shared activity away from home, in a residential setting for five days and four nights.
Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is entirely voluntary, however once a student registers, a consistent level of commitment is required.