Hathershaw College

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award


The Hathershaw College is pleased to offer Year 9 students the chance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Bronze Award. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world’s leading youth achievement awards programme, founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The awards recognise young people for completing a series of self-improvement exercises and it is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop skills, confidence and really stand out from the crowd!


With assistance from in school staff, students are able to select and set 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.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

To achieve an award, students must work on each section for a minimum period of time and they will be monitored and assessed by staff. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants.


The Bronze Award is completed over 3 to 6 months and students 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.

Full details of the award can be found on the DofE website.