Huddersfield New College students undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award recently enjoyed celebrating the completion of their ‘Expedition’ unit with a special lunch where they delivered a presentation on their experience. 

As part of a wide and varied enrichment offer, students can undertake their DofE at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. All levels of the Award feature the expedition section, and this sees students challenging themselves by planning and completing a tough expedition. At Gold level this is over three nights, four days with 8 hours of activity each day. The group completed their expedition in the North Yorkshire Moors and celebrated this with a group lunch. At this, each individual student delivered part of a presentation to guests about their experience to formally complete the section.  

HNC is an accredited DofE centre and all students are offered the life changing opportunity to complete their DofE Award which helps them to stand out from the crowd in the future. DofE Gold is the toughest Award to complete, requiring a high level of commitment, resilience and dedication – which makes it particularly valued by employers and universities. 

Duane Laverick, DofE programme Lead says: “I’d like to congratulate our Gold DofE participants on completing their Expedition section. Undertaking DofE is life changing as it is so tough, pushing students out of their comfort zone and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge to successfully navigate life’s challenges. The group did exceptionally well, completing their expedition on one of the hottest days of the year. It was hard work with some unexpected difficulties, which they were determined to overcome. It was fantastic to hear more about what students had gained from the experience, and celebrate the completion of their Expedition section as a group with lunch. We look forward to seeing them complete their full Award!”

Students interested in signing up to DofE can email dofe@huddnewcoll.ac.uk for further details