Students do not need to have completed the Bronze award to achieve the Silver Award and can begin the service, skill and physical sections from September. Details and examples of the sort of things that students complete may be obtained from the Duke of Edinburgh Award website and following the links to the Award Participants area and perusing the Award Sections of the website.
The Silver Award will be assessed over four sections:
- Physical Recreation
There will be a practice expedition before you take on the final expedition, which will include walking through monitored checkpoints and completing some in-field assessment, such as reacting to a first-aid scenario, camp craft assessment, navigation etc.
Students find the Silver expedition very rewarding and, although under supervision, they have a degree of independence that allows independent and group decision-making and teamwork to flourish.
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award is viewed highly as a very positive addition to any CV/application to join industry or further education. One of the reasons why so many people complete their Duke of Edinburgh Awards is because it is recognised and well-regarded by tutors and employers.