Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The City Academy, Hackney offers all Sixth Form students the opportunity to enroll onto the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme as part of our wide range of enrichment activities, sports, clubs, and extra-curricular classes.

Programme overview

The Duke of Edinburgh Award offers young people the opportunity to develop skills for both work and life, despite difficult challenges such as increasing financial difficulties; which have resulted to cuts within the youth sector in the capital. The charities main ethos is to guide and support young people in their self development and recognise their achievements. The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme has supported over 275,000 people aged between 14 and 24 and, has supported the maximisation of resources to ensure a brighter future.

The City Academy, Hackney is proud to pioneer raising standards and aspirations amongst young people, through offering a range of stimulating and challenging experiences.  Shaping confident, independent and adept young professionals.

Programme contents

The Duke of Edinburgh programme consists of three progressive levels (main differences are completion times/minimum age), which when successfully completed lead to a:

  • Bronze/Silver Award  (which consists of four sections) or
  • Gold Duke Award (which consists of five sections)

The sections comprise:

  • volunteering
  • physical
  • skills
  • expedition
  • residential (Gold only)

Benefits for students

  • The Duke of Edinburgh programme helps individuals to develop attributes such as self-management, problem solving, team work and communication. These are regarded as skills that increase the chances of employability
  • the Duke of Edinburgh Award, particularly at Gold level has been regarded as enormously valuable; achievement is recognised and valued by colleges and universities
  • the types of activities undertaken as part of the programme can be emphasised on UCAS/college applications
  • many top universities are now looking at extra-curricular activities as well as grades
  • activities may help explore future career options/help identify skills and interests
  • upon completion of the Gold Award, students will be presented with a certificate at a royal palace, in the presence of a member of the royal family
  • leadership skills – enable students to develop effective problem solving, decision making, interpersonal skills and time management skills
  • communication skills – developing student’s ability to present and communicate information confidently through a range of mediums i.e. vocally, written, visually and non-verbally.
  • teamwork skills – regarded as one of the crucial parts of a business; allowing individuals to work well together in a range of circumstances; enabling students to work with others.

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award visit www.dofe.org.