Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

Students in Salesian College are able to participate in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Scheme that runs over the 2 years of their study here. There is no requirement to have completed a previous level of Bronze or Silver DofE, but it is a requirement that those who have started the award have it fully completed.

There are many benefits to completing the award during your time at College, as it will help build incredibly transferable skills and it is lots of fun too! Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved time management (keeping on top of your studies while completing DofE)
  • Great team work
  • Perseverance/resilience
  • Confidence in their own abilities
  • Presentation skills – students complete their volunteering through the school by helping to train the Bronze DofE students, which helps improve their teaching/presenting skills
  • UCAS application


At the end of Year 12 participants will complete their practice expedition and at the end of Year 13, after final exams, they will complete their qualifying expedition. The majority of expeditions have been in the beautiful Lake District but there are options of other adventurous locations such as Snowdonia; the 

groups can decide and plan an expedition that interests them.

While the volunteering is carried out within school, the remainder of the award can be further tailored to each participant through the selection of their physical, skills and residential activities. This could vary from the skills developed through learning to drive to helping on the Lourdes pilgrimage.

Uptake of the award in Year 12 has been consistent over the years with this year’s cohort reaching a fantastic 24 students. Several past students have completed their full Gold award since finishing at Salesian College and have been invited to the palace to collect their award from HRH the Earl of Wessex!