Welcome to Gold DofE at Bohunt Sixth Form!


Bohunt’s Gold DofE programme is ambitious, exciting and leads to an Award ceremony in one of the Royal Palaces.

What is the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is the leading non-academic achievement award in the UK and is very well regarded by employers and Universities. The Gold Award is the pinnacle of the whole Duke of Edinburgh programme and will stand you out, challenge you and develop you.

Gold is made up of 5 areas; Physical, Skill, Residential, Service and Expedition. Each of these areas will be assessed resulting in you gaining a nationally recognised qualification that you can use on your C.V. and UCAS application. On completion of the award you will be invited to receive your award from the Duke of Edinburgh himself (or pther representative) at St James Palace. The visit to the Palace is a sign of just how much the Gold Award means.

How does it work?

Within the enrichment course you will receive support to aid your completion of each section. But the main focus will be training and preparation for the expedition with the aim of completing this at the end of the school year (well away from any exams). Within the sessions you will develop the skills of navigation, first aid, map work, camp craft, weather forecasting and emergency training in preparation for your expedition. We also have guest speakers deliver high quality first aid and resuscitation training and members from our experienced team of volunteers to aid the Expedition planning.

The expedition will last four days and three nights in a team of between four and seven participants. It will be up to you and your team to decide the location, route, food and where you will camp.  There will be several day walks, night navigations and a weekend practice expedition.  The school has a range of equipment for free loans but teams will need to provide their own food and pay towards transport costs. Expeditions could take place in one of the following: The Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Scotland, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Yorkshire Moors, Lake District and Peak District; or, why not look to plan your expedition abroad?

Bohunt’s History of Gold DofE

Bohunt has been helping alumni to gain their Gold Awards for a number of years now. Students have left us to go to Colleges that don’t run the Gold Award or they’ve wanted to stay together as a team, despite going to different colleges. We are now so excited to be able to offer Gold to our own Sixth Form students and look forward to providing them with an incredible experience that gains them skills, self-confidence and independence.

Bohunt is also looking in to how the Gold Duke of Edinburgh can be combined with other outdoor opportunities such as Scuba Diving, Sailing and even remote expeditions to further enhance the experience.

Next steps:

To find out more about the award visit:

To find out more about completing the Gold Award at Bohunt Sixth form contact:

Mrs E Briggs