Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a programme of activities that leads to a recognised award that proves you have a certain level of skill and have recognised personal qualities. It is for young people aged 14 to 24 years old.

Activities and awards

You can do the programme at three levels:

To achieve an award, you must complete a personal programme of activities in your spare time, under four sections (five if you are going for the Gold award):

  • Skills Section – for example, learn a musical instrument or improve your photography skills
  • Volunteering Section – for example, choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals
  • Physical Section – for example, learn a new sport or style of dance
  • Expedition – be a member of a team, plan and prepare your expedition, eg. sailing, hiking or horse riding.
  • Residential (Gold Award) - spend five days and four nights away from home on a shared activity with people you have never met before.

The award will help you to:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Have new experiences
  • Meet friends and learn how to work in a team
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Make a difference in the local community
  • Get fit
  • Gain confidence


Visit the Bronze, Silver or Gold award page to find out more about what's involved and register your interest.


Cost of registration and expeditions:

Registration fees

  • £25.50 for Bronze and Silver awards
  • £32.50 for Gold

Expedition costs

  • Bronze award -  estimated at £222 per person per package (including VAT at 20%). The exact cost will be confirmed once the group has been formed and the expedition has been booked.

We do not have current plans to run Silver or Gold expeditions, however you will be able to join one being run by another organisation. For further information contact Charles.Luscombe@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.


Members of the following youth clubs will be accepted onto our Duke of Edinburgh scheme: 

  • Tooting Base youth club
  • Kimber skatepark and BMX track
  • Roehampton Base
  • Devas Youth club
  • Training and resource centre

Priority is given to young people who meet the following criteria:

  • Young people with a disability / SEND or mental health needs
  • Children in care
  • Young carers
  • Those in receipt of free school meals and pupil premium
  • Those who are NEET (not in Education, Employment or training)

If you're unsure if you qualify and would like more information, contact Charles.Luscombe@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.


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