Duke of Edinburgh Award

Every year, students from Year 9 are invited to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Heritage College provides students with the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award from Year 9. Students who participate in the Award challenge themselves and set personal, achievable goals. 

The Award is a non-competitive program involving community service and physical adventure-based activities. The Award provided opportunities for the student to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self-esteem. Achievement of The Duke of Edinburgh Award is highly sought after by employers and is a recognised skill set by many tertiary institutions. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is also internationally recognised.  

Students who choose to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award commit to planning, setting and achieving goals. Activities that are selected by the student often reflect the student’s interests and passions.

There are three levels of the Award to select from, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Year 9 students commence at Bronze, Year 10 students continue voluntarily with Silver and Year 11 students with Gold. 

Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey are all separate criteria that form the overall assessment. Some activities undertaken as part of the curriculum throughout the school year contribute towards the Bronze Award for each student. Students are expected to further develop activities to fulfil the Award outside of school times.  

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is presented to students who have fulfilled the criteria at Presentation Night in Term 4. 


Read more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.