Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What do you have to do to achieve the Gold DofE Award?

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze. The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

– Volunteering section: 12 months
– Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
– Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
– Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

When do I come to Outright Adventure for DofE?

Training & planning are held on Tuesday evenings and over weekend sessions. When you sign up you will receive a list of key dates that you'll need to attend. You'll also be able to contact your DofE leader through eDofE if you have any questions in between sessions.

Where will my expedition take place?

You get to choose where your Gold expedition takes place, e.g. the Lake District, Snowdonia, Cairngorms.

What does it cost?

£80 - For the Gold level Outright Adventure has a fixed fee to provide you with everything you need to complete all sections and prepare you for the expedition. This includes:

  • Support from an Outright Adventure DofE leader to offer advice and encouragement throughout your whole DofE programme.
  • Pre-expedition training.
  • Group equipment hire for your practice and qualifying expedition.

Your practise and assessed expedition are an additional cost to this fee and this will be agreed during the planning stages.


For your volunteering section, you need to choose an activity where you give time to help your local community. Volunteering needs to be done with a charity or not for profit organisation and not for a business.


For your skill section, you need to choose an activity where you can increase your understanding and expertise. This could include, woodwork, photography, cooking or learning to drive.


For your physical section you need to take part in an activity that uses a high level of energy and movement. Sports such as hockey, fencing, rugby and football all count.


For your expedition section, you will need to prepare for an unaccompanied, self-sufficient expedition with an agreed aim. The expedition must be completely under your own steam but not necessarily on foot! Modes of travel include foot, bike, boat, canoe or kayak, wheelchair, or horseback.