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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Click on image to see more photos of the 2015 expeditions [PDF file]

Georgia's report about the 2015 expedition

The Red Team's Expedition Report

A Helpful & Handy Guide to the DoE Expedition


About the Scheme

The concept of the DofE is simple – young people aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To read more about the Award, please visit the official website.

Methody currently offers the Gold Award for students in Sixth Form. Part of the selection criteria is that students should already have completed the Bronze or preferably the Silver Award. We are also introducing the Silver Award for pupils in Fifth Form.

Application forms for each should be submitted by 11th September 2015

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award (form 5 pupils only)

Friday 9th October 2015  
Thursday 22nd  – Friday 23rd October 2015 – Overnight camp and mountain day.
Friday 25th March 2016  – one day theory and recap to include route planning and route cards for expedition practice and assessment. 
Wednesday 27th April – Friday 29th April 2016 - Practice expedition 
Monday 27th – Wednesday June 2016 – Expedition Assessment
(All Based in the Mournes)

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (L6th pupils only)

Friday 2nd October
Friday 18th-Saturday 19th March
21st -23rd  April – Practice expedition
23rd-29th June – Expedition Assessment, the Lake District

This year the training for the Gold Award participants will be completed in the Antrim Hills and the Mourne Mountains and the Expedition Assessment will take place in the Lake District.

The expedition is only one part of the Award and in MCB we encourage all participants to complete the Programme by January of their U6th year.

There is a 5 day residential programme which must be completed. School trips cannot be used for this section. Full details of the award can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website:

If students don’t have the opportunity or availability to complete their award in school, we would encourage them to consider  an Open Award Centre such as BAC, YMCA.  For more information on Open Award Centres, please click here.

"We were pushed to our limits.....and the importance of co-operation, team work and good orientation skills were highlighted on a regular basis."

To read about how some of our previous groups got on in, please click on the expedition reports below:

Gold Award Expedition 2013 - Red Group
Gold Award Expedition 2013 - Blue Group


What is involved in the Award Scheme?

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. Pupils select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

Each section must be done for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and then assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants.