Duke of Edinburgh Award - Introduction

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award 

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. 

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Here at Heath Lane Academy we offer the Bronze award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition. 

Three of the sections that need to be completed must be for a 3 month period and the third lasting for six months. These will be recorded through sessions logs/photographs. All sections must be then signed off by an assessor which cannot be a relation to the participant.  

Through a DofE programme participants fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem, and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing college, university and job applications.  

You can expect to see participants develop in the following areas as they work through their DofE programme: 

– Self-belief and self-confidence 

– A sense of identity 

– Initiative and a sense of responsibility 

– A real awareness of their strengths 

– New talents and abilities 

– The ability to plan and use time effectively 

– Learning from and giving to others in the community 

– Forming new friendships 

– Problem solving, presentation and communication skills 

– Leadership and team working skills. 

If you have any further enquiries as to how you can get involved with the DofE by enrolling or supporting a young person through their Bronze DofE please get in contact with our DofE manager.  

Then there will be links for the following:

  • Enrolment introduction letter (will be sent as soon as details are finalised) 
  • DofE meeting programme (below) 

Bronze D of E Expedition details.  

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award all participants must complete a practice walk, along with a qualifying expedition, participants much show their confidence with navigation, map reading, camp craft and team work.  

Day walk: Saturday 18th March 23 

Expedition: Saturday 29th April – Sunday 30th April 23 

Participants will only need a small rucksack for the day walk with a packed lunch/snacks and plenty of fluid. 

For the expedition they will need full kit along with food/water for the weekend. Participants will be walking from HLA to Ullesthorpe scout campsite (Frolesworth Rd, Lutterworth LE17 5BZ) on Day 1 and then back to HLA on Day 2. 

Please see below for group meeting times for both activities. Both activities start at HLA 

Group 1 to meet at 8.30am 

Group 2 to meet at 8.45am  

Group 3 to meet at 9:00am  

Group 4 to meet at 9:15am

Approximate finishing times for all groups for both activities will be around 3pm back at HLA. We will contact you if we exceed 3pm.  

Expedition Kit List 


  • Assessor portal link 


  • enrolment form link


Fill | Bronze Enrolment Form

Please complete with a Parent/Guardian