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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

BPS is a Directly Licensed Centre which allows us a great deal of flexibility in offering participation opportunities on the Award scheme. The Award is very popular at BPS and we have on average fifty students in Y10 working towards their Bronze level award and a further twenty students in Y11 working towards their Silver level.


We can offer direct participation onto the Bronze or Silver Award in the Sixth Form or the continuation of any award previously started at another centre.

Time scales and commitment.

Bronze Award Sections
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months 2 days, 1 night
Further 3 months


Silver Award Sections
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months 3 or 6 months 3 or 6 months 3 days, 2 nights


it is possible to enrol directly onto the Silver Award without first doing the Bronze Award but it will involve more expedition training and the timescales are longer.

Silver Award Sections-Direct entry
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months 3 or 6 months 3 or 6 months 3 days, 2 nights
Further 6 months in Volunteering or a further 6 months in the longer duration section



Each section focuses on developing a core aspect in a fun yet challenging manner. They are designed to encourage young people to help their community, develop new skills, confidence, talents and gain a greater appreciation of the world.


Undertaking service to individuals or to the community.


Improving participation in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.


Developing practical, social skills and personal interests.


Planning, training and completion of an adventurous journey.

It is possible to complete the Bronze level in one year but direct entry to Silver will normally take at least eighteen months owing to the longer timescales. Teaching the Expedition skills can be flexible and will be organised to fit around your timetable. It will involve off-site walking and navigation exercises as well as classroom based theory lessons. Attendance at these is compulsory to access the Expedition.

Enrolment on the Award will cost £90.00 for Bronze and £100 for Silver continuation. This is inclusive except for your own Expedition food and personal equipment.

For more information please check the website www.dofe.org or contact:

Ged West, Coordinator of Outdoor Education