Duke of Edinburgh

Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills. There are three progressive levels of programmes which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and skills activity, going on an expedition and, for their Gold only, taking part in a residential activity.

At Hanson we offer our students the Bronze and Silver Awards. Students complete the Bronze in Year 10 and the Silver in Year 12. We believe that a programme like the DofE can give our students the opportunity to personally develop, improve their confidence, improve their employability skills and provide them with a life changing experience. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for uni or jobs.

Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.

Details about the Bronze and Silver awards can be found under the headings below.


We are so proud of a group of our students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award earlier this week despite the weather. They were absolutely amazing. Their determination, resilience and attitude was a credit to them. Well done