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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Sacred Heart offer the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides pupils with skills that are invaluable for the world of work. Participants learn how crucial it is to be able to work as part of a team and develop their leadership skills. They must be organised, stick to deadlines and never arrive late or fail to attend sessions. Another quality that the award seeks to enhance is interpersonal skills. If participants cannot communicate effectively as a group, they will find it very difficult to complete the expedition phase of the award. Through its different sections, the Award really pushes candidates both physically and mentally; and it ensures that many young people realise their potential and utilise their talents. The Award also provides pupils with a well-recognised qualification. Employers hold the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in high esteem because they realise the skills and commitment participants must demonstrate in order to achieve it.  

The awards are split into four sections - Volunteering, a Skill, a Sport and an Expedition detailed below:

Award

Volunteering

Skill

Physical

Expedition

Residential

Bronze

3 months

3 months

3 months

2 days and 1 night

n/a

Silver

6 months

3 or 6 months

3 or 6 months

3 days and 2 nights

n/a

Gold

12 months

6 or 12 months

6 or 12 months

4 days and 3 nights

5 days and 4 nights