Duke of Edinburgh’s

Duke of Edinburgh's Award / Presidents Award (Gaisce)

For individual entrants please go to the Open Award Page

For a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential Opportunity please scroll to the bottom of the page. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (or Gaisce – The President’s Award), is a fantastic initiative supported by BAC for over 30 years. The award offers a significant opportunity for young people between 14 and 24 years old to experience the outdoors, gain new skills, volunteer in the community, and make lifelong friends. It’s also a great way of demonstrating commitment and resilience to future employers and universities.

Weekly Training

BAC can provide training that can be tailored to your schedule. We can deliver expert training for all parts of the award, including the expedition. The training can be spread over several weeks or delivered in a more condensed residential setting if preferred.

Expedition Support

BAC can manage and co-ordinate your expeditions, teaching route planning and ensuring that the correct rules and guidelines are followed for your expedition to fully qualify for the Award. BAC have 30 years of experience, running expeditions across the UK and internationally in Canada and the Alps

Provided Kit

BAC can provide any kit that your pupils don’t own or have access to, including stoves, tents, waterproofs, boots and rucksacks.  The training ensures that each young people is able to use the equipment safely and effectively.

For schools that don’t have the capacity and qualified staff to deliver the expedition elements of the award, BAC can manage and resource this crucial section. This includes provision of the necessary training in navigation, safety, cooking and camping, and facilitation of the practice and final expeditions and assessment. Costs for Bronze, Silver and Gold level awards can be provided on request, depending on numbers of pupils and location.

For detailed information about what’s involved at each of the levels, timescales and requirements can be viewed at http://www.dofe.org/


BAC is an Approved Activity Provider for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residentials. We are excited to announce that the next GOLD residential opportunity will be running during February 2023 school mid-term.

We are currently offering up to 24 spaces on our program and we are now open for people to register their interest. Please note that we will not be taking payments or sending confirmations until we have a minimum of 12 applicants, two weeks before the start date, in order for this course to run.

5 Day Residential Course at Ardaluin House, Newcastle
Monday 13 February 2023 until Friday 17 February 2023

Fee : £399

Participants will meet other Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates and experience a range of exciting, challenging and fun outdoor activities.

The course provides the opportunity to meet new people in an unfamiliar environment. You will be living and working with others, building new relationships and working as part of a team.

It is for this reason that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommend that ‘only a small minority of those taking part should be known to the participant’. (ie participants should only know up to 3 other people on the same course).

The Program includes:

Accommodation + bed linen for 4 nights

Day 1: Lunch +Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast+ Lunch +Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast + Lunch

Day 1: Afternoon + Evening
Day 2: Morning + Afternoon + Evening
Day 3: Morning + Afternoon + Evening
Day 4: Morning + Afternoon + Evening
Day 5: Morning

To ensure that we stick to the rule of a maximum of 3 participants per Dofe Centre, we will need to take bookings via email and organise this on a first come, first serve basis.

To book your space please email us at [email protected]

We need your
-Full Name
-Date of Birth
-Contact number
-Dofe ID number
-DofE centre name

We will reserve your space for you and give you a call to take payment over the phone by card or send you our bank details so you can make a bank transfer.

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