Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a registered charity, is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25.

An individual challenge, it encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

These develop self-confidence, skills and leadership abilities.  The Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education.

Ardingly College offers the Silver and Gold levels. These include:

  • Service/Volunteering
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey)
  • Residential Project (Gold Award only); a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant that lasts for a minimum of 5 days and 4 nights.

At Ardingly College, students have the opportunity to enrol in the award at the beginning of Shell. The level they choose will depend on their age and experience.