The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a Nationally and Internationally renowned Award, presented to young people who have shown dedication, commitment and service to both themselves and others. Esher College is proud to be a centre that runs the Award.

As a Sixth Form College, we only run the Gold Award and as such we are one of the largest centres administering the Gold Award in the country.

To do the Gold Award at Esher, you do NOT have to have done either Bronze or Silver Awards. Obviously, if you have either of those Awards, you will know the structure and demands made on you to be successful. However, those without can also participate alongside those with the lower awards.

The structure of the Gold Award is based on 5 elements: Physical, Skill, Volunteering, Residential and the Expedition. The Residential element will probably be unfamiliar to most of you. This involves spending 4 nights away from home doing some activity you will enjoy. There are few restrictions on what this can be and your leader will help you select what to do in this, and each of the other, elements.

At Esher we have developed a reputation for some exciting and challenging expeditions. In the past we have climbed Kilimanjaro and Toubkal, trekked across the interior of Iceland, trekked in Langtang National Park in Nepal, trekked beside Minya Konga in Tibet and in the foothills of the Annapurna region of the Himalayas in Nepal. Not all expeditions are international, and in the past we have also offered a trekking/paddling expedition in and around the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Please note we offer one expedition location per cohort of participants and this varies from year to year.

Our students who take part in the Award become confident young adults who can work independently and in teams to overcome challenges. They have a better understanding of themselves and are more tolerant of others. Those who have travelled internationally, in particular to Asia, also have a better understanding that happiness is not based in the material world!

Participants will meet with others for a timetabled session per week. During the first academic year you will use this time you will get to know other DofE participants, work on what you want to do for each section and develop a range of required skills for your expedition. In the second year you will work on planning most elements of your practise and final expedition with your fellow team members. Your practise expedition and final expedition will be in your second year.

If you are interested in undertaking your Gold award with us at Esher Sixth Form College you will be invited to an information evening during 6.1 enrolment. This information evening will provide you with all the relevant information on the expedition location we are offering for the participants and associated costs.​

For further information on the Duke of Edinburgh award, please contact DukeofEdinburgh@esher.ac.uk. Photos from our Duke of Edinburgh trips can be found in the Photo Gallery