At a time when entry to universities and the workplace is becoming more and more competitive, you’ll need more than just good grades to achieve your ambitions. Employers and admissions tutors are looking for qualified people with extra qualities – the non-academic achievements that show they have a positive attitude, are self-motivated, adaptable and have skills in problem solving, teamwork, and communication. A Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a great way to demonstrate that you have all of these extra skills.
The Duke of Edinburgh is more than just a qualification. Everyone gets different things out of their award because you get to choose the activities you follow in most of the sections and you set the goals you want to reach. In following a Duke of Edinburgh programme you’ll challenge yourself, enjoy loads of new experiences and discover talents you never thought you had. Anyone can take part. You do not need any experience or special qualifications, just a willingness to have a go.
There are no short cuts to gaining a Gold Award and you will have to show a great deal of personal commitment and tenacity
For many, the expedition is the highlight of their Duke of Edinburgh experience. You will have prepared for this throughout the year by attending classroom sessions and training walks before you set off, as part of a team, on a four day unaccompanied walk. Despite being a very demanding and at times possibly painful experience, the pride and satisfaction of completing the expedition and achieving your Gold Award, is an experience you will remember for life.
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