The Bronze award is offered to students at the end of Year 8 so they can start in year 9.

Bronze timescales:

Volunteering section: 3 months

Physical section: 3 months

Skills section: 3 months

Students also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. (Totalling 6 months for one section)

Expedition section: 2 days/1-night, Practice/Training and 2 days/1 night Qualifying. We also do a lot of training on google classroom and some after school sessions to ensure they are fully prepared for their remotely supervised qualifying expedition.

The sections can be completed concurrently or one after the other. We ask that students complete 2 sections and have started the third before they go on the expedition in June. We find that those who have made this commitment go onto complete their award and often then go on to Silver


The students will need to find an assessor for each of their three sections, this person must be over 18 and have an interest or expertise in the section and NOT be a family member. The students will meet with their assessor BEFORE they start their section to discuss their aims for the 3 or 6 months. The assessor will then monitor progress and write a report at the end of the time. The report will need to be submitted to, or handed written on the participants record book and then photographed and uploaded to the participants eDofE account. Full details and training will be given in lunchtime session throughout the academic year.

How much does it cost?

The cost of registering for the award is £40. This covers your welcome pack, an administration charge for the Licenced Organisation and school's administration charge. Students will have a Google Classroom to join with further instructions to complete an application form.

The other costs are for the expedition which is £130 this is not payable until later. £50 of this is refunded when all the school equipment has been returned. The other sections costs will depend on what you choose to do.

Bronze Award Key Dates: 

Registration by end of summer term

ParentPay for registrations by end of September.

Online training sessions – Google Classroom November – December

After school sessions – Dates will be confirmed on Google Classroom – January – February (Usually Wednesdays)

Training / Practice Expedition March

Deadline for completing assessor’s reports for Volunteering, Physical and Skill: Easter

Qualifying Expedition June

Before each expedition there will be a kit collection and kit return (these are usually Wednesday after school.)

Dates for the next academic year can be found here.

If a student is unable to attend the school expedition, there are many other opportunities on offer; full details can be found on the DofE web site. Here you will find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) who do “open expeditions”. Any student can apply to do these expeditions in their own time and still complete their award with school.

Find AAP’s here

For more information about the award visit:

To contact the DofE manager Mrs Kirby please email:



Volunteering ideas

Physical Ideas

Skill ideas

How to log onto eDofE

How to use the eDofE app

How to submit an assessor’s report



DofE Training website