Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a charity that has been working with young people from all backgrounds for more than half a century. We want to work with academies and schools across England to give more young people the chance to do their DofE and lead successful and fulfilling lives. The DofE is the nationally and internationally recognised award favoured by employers and universities alike. Over time, we build confidence, dedication and commitment, attributes we all want to see in our young people in school, life and in the workplace.

The Impact of Cowes Enterprise College's DofE Volunteering:

Volunteering is a key part of the DofE programme because we know the impact it has both on a young person's life, and on the wider community.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are immensely proud of the dedication, effort and achievement of young people across the UK. Participants from Cowes Enterprise College dedicated 169 hours to volunteering between April 2020 and March 2021, with a social value of £768.95.

Building a bright future for young people. We offer all levels of Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the school.    

We promote the bronze award for students to start in year 9.   

We promote the silver award for year 10 students.   

We promote the gold award for year 12 students.    

We support students at all stages of the programme.  During the autumn term we focus on volunteering, physical and skills sections.   

  • The PE department at school offer a range of physical after school clubs to support the students to complete their physical section
  • We have some fantastic links with the local community to arrange volunteering opportunities for the students, including local primary schools, charitable organisations, businesses, arts productions and libraries
  • We also offer some ‘skill development’ programmes throughout the autumn term.  We expect to offer cookery and sign language this academic year.  We are open to student requests if there is a skill they want to learn

Expedition training starts in January with a range of Sunday afternoon walks to prepare the students for different aspects of their expedition such as navigation, cookery and managing when routes are ‘adapted’ along the way! 

There is a practice and assessed expedition so all learners on the programme get the opportunity to achieve their award.   

We have an experienced team of staff who help run the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  We have a supply of kit that we are happy to lend to students.   

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an inclusive programme and all students are welcome to sign up to any of the programmes.   

For bronze and silver the registration fee is £23.  You will need to have walking shoes or trainers for your expedition. We can lend out equipment.  Do not let cost be a factor – let me know if you would like to participate and we will support in any way we are able to.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in the bronze or gold award then email the contacts listed below. We will send the enrolment forms and consent forms that need to be returned by email. 

What if I don’t have any ideas for my skill, physical or voluteering section?

We have some skill courses at school and some sport clubs too so keep an eye on the tutor announcements for this information.  We can help with volunteering opportunities so please email us if you need some ideas.

I want to sign up but don’t have an expedition group.

This is not a problem and we can sort expedition groups out in Janaury. 

If you have any questions or queries about Duke of Edinburgh's Award then please contact: Mrs Rouse (bronze) [email protected] or Miss Gibson (silver & gold)  [email protected] 

Sunday walks – 2-5pm

  • 31st January – walking and following a route
  • 28th February – student navigation in expedition groups
  • 21st March – Walk and cook a substantial meal

Dusk walk – after school 4-6pm

For the first time this year we are offering a later walk so students experience what it is like to walk and navigate when the light is fading. 

11th February


For Bronze assessed expeditions we will camp at Kite Farm in Wootton. 

  • 15th – 16th April (Thursday and Friday) – Bronze legacy expeditions (2019-2020 bronze students)
  • 17th – 18th April (Saturday and Sunday) – Bronze legacy expeditions (2019-2020 bronze students)
  • 28th June – 1st July – Bronze expedition week for September participants.  Not everyone will be needed the whole week. 
  • The bronze practice we will camp at Chine Farm or Grange Farm…somewhere on Military Road. 
  • 22nd – 23rd May – Saturday and Sunday


Silver is in the New Forest.

  • Practice – 14th – 16th May – Friday to Sunday
  • Assessed – 11th – 13th June – Friday to Sunday

Silver expedition dates:

Friday 1st April to Sunday 3rd April 2022- practice on island - camping

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July 2022-  silver expedition in New Forest.  Some will need Friday off but we will all get an after school ferry to New Forest.