Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards are nationally recognised qualifications for young people in the UK.  The Awards are designed to encompass and develop the key features in young people that are most looked for by by employers and universities.

What does a Duke of Edinburgh Award involve?

A Duke of Edinburgh Award takes 12-18 months and give students the fantastic opportunity to develop a new skills, maintain and improve physical wellbeing, demonstrate a willingness to help others through volunteering and experience adventure and independence through expeditions and residentials.

The award scheme is designed to encourage students to learn self-reliance, commitment, responsibility and community service as well as nurturing personal discovery.

Which Duke of Edinburgh Awards do Cirencester College have?

At Cirencester Sixth Form College, students have the opportunity to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award or the Silver Award.

Currently Cirencester College are the highest achieving state college in Gloucestershire for Gold and Silver Awards.


Emma Bendle

“I chose to do the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in my first year to enhance my UCAS application and personal statement. I have loved taking part and volunteering in the College’s woodland area where we have built ponds, constructed a wooden bridge and learnt how to do general maintenance and gardening. It has been a great opportunity to take my mind off College work and it’s been really fun.
The expeditions have provide a great opportunity to really improve my team work and you come away from it feeling like you have really accomplished something.
Overall I would 100% recommend to other students”