The Duke of Edinburgh award is a nationally recognised qualification for young adults between the ages of 14 and 25. The award comprises four sections to be completed: Physical Activity, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition. Students undertake activities related to the above sections throughout the school year. This culminates in an expedition away from home at the end of the course. The outdoor environment provides a natural classroom for students to learn and develop life skills. This method of teaching can promote learning away from a formal classroom setting, enabling students to thrive in realistic, relevant and valid situations.
A holistic approach encourages, physical, social, linguistic, communicative and emotional aspects of the learner. Decision making, empathy, sharing and keeping safe are daily encounters for students involved in the award. Above everything, students experience adventure and fun in activities designed to challenge and engage through a supported risk setting.
Students are rewarded with a sense of achievement at the completion of the course. The Duke of Edinburgh award is looked on favourably by potential employers and college admissions.