The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a world-wide and highly prestigious service award which aims to establish leadership and initiative in students and the chance for them to discover their full potential.

The program involves three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and, at Gold level, residential. Each section must be done for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and then assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award.