There are three levels to the Award – bronze, silver and gold.
Most pupils start the Bronze Award in year 10 or 11.
Four sections have to be followed for a set period of time. Volunteering is about giving up some free time to help people, animals or the environment. The physical section requires a sustained period of activity such as playing a sport on a regular basis. The aim of the skills section is to inspire young people to develop personal interests in things as varied as art, website design, cookery or playing a musical instrument.
The expeditions for bronze and silver are carried out in the Sperrins and involve hiking and camping. At gold level pupils can choose from walking, cycling, canoeing and even horseback expeditions.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze Level
A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available to all pupils in Foyle College from Year 10.
With the help of their DofE Leader, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a period of 3-6 months, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.
Participants them complete a practice and qualifying expedition organised by the school, which involves planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey.