dofeDuke of Edinburgh Award

At Beacon Hill Academy we offer the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to our pupils in Year 10 at Bronze level. Learners are requested to write an application form at the end of year 9 in preparation to start the award at the beginning of Year 10. Approximately 25 Learners are able to take part in the award. Selection is based on the quality of the application form which highlights a number of personal attributes such as, attendance, commitment to school life and reliability.

About the award

The award consists of the following sections, all of which will need to be completed to ensure that you can pass the Bronze level of this prestigious award.


Skill – 3 months

There are a variety of skills you can do, including podcasting, cooking, playing a musical instrument or website design. There is an endless list of skills you can develop and demonstrate.

Expedition – 2 days

One day training walk

2 Day practice walk

2 Day expedition

Physical section – 3 months

You should achieve a higher level of physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity.

Volunteering – 3 months

This must be outside of the school day and can involve: charity work, fundraising, helping others (paired reading / homework club), etc.

Plus a further 3 months on anyone of the skill, physical or volunteering section


There is a financial cost to the award which is approximately £60 to be paid via Parent Pay. This cost covers registration fees, D of E log books, campsite fees, transport to and from expeditions and all training sessions. The cost does also assist with the purchase of spare equipment used by groups of Learners for expeditions, although it is recommended that you buy your own kit from the kit list provided.

There are also a variety of training sessions which take place both after school and at lunch times. All training sessions are compulsory, and failure to attend these sessions will result in removal from the award.

Whilst taking part in the award Learners are also required to follow the D of E code of conduct which can be found on the D of E website.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic scheme and something that we are very proud to offer here at Beacon Hill Academy.