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    "You should follow an activity and show progression and sustained interest over a period of time, leading to a deeper knowledge of the subject and the attainment of of increased degree of skill. Your skill may be an existing interest or something entirely new." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    There are many different activities that you can choose that will be suitable as a skill.

    Ideas that you can do at university include:

  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • Circus Skills
  • Debating
  • Journalism
  • Amateur Radio
  • Photography

  • All of the above have societies at IC where you can begin your Skill, and there are more available. Check on the Union website for other Clubs and Societies you can join.

    As well as those listed above, other ideas include:

  • DJ-ing
  • Cars-Maintenance and Roadskills
  • Cookery
  • Fantasy Games
  • Film and Video Production
  • Languages
  • Magazine and Newsletter Production
  • Sport Officiating
  • Performing Arts
  • These ideas are just a few of a vast number of possible activities. If you have a particular idea, and it's not listed above, send us an e-mail (from the home page), and we'll check in the D of E folder, or with the Award themselves. It's more than likely your idea will be suitable as a skill.

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    Services

    "You should identify the need for voluntary service, gain some knowledge of the needs of those whom you are assisting and then receive briefing and training in the necessary skills required to give that service." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    Ideas for this section include:


    Helping people in the community
  • Assisting at day centres, creches, playschemes
  • First Aid
  • Helping children and young people with special needs


  • Emergency Services
  • Ambulance Service
  • Police Service
  • Assistance for emergency service charities


  • Fundraising
  • For a charity or project
  • For children's charities
  • For rescue charities


  • These ideas are just a few of a vast number of possible activities. If you have a particular idea, and it's not listed above, send us an e-mail (from the home page), and we'll check in the D of E folder, or with the Award themselves. Always check your idea with us, as there are specific criteria your choice must meet.

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    Physical Recreation

    "Aim - To encourage participation and improvement in physical activity." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    There are many, many sports and activities that would be suitable for the Award, and at IC there are plenty of sport clubs and societies.

    Here are some ideas:

  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Skating
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Frisbee
  • Weightlifting
  • Take a look at all the Clubs and Societies you can join at IC for more ideas. If you do have an idea, and it's not listed above then send us an e-mail (from the home page) and we'll check it's suitable.

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    Expedition

    "Aim - To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    The expedition involves working in small group of other D of E participants. In this group you will need to plan, prepare for and undertake an expedition in the countryside or on water, and you will have to do by foot, horse, cycle boat, canoe or dinghy.

    Clearly the expedition is not something you can do alone, so as a society we will introduce to other participants and you can together form a group and start the planning and preparation.

    The expedition involves training so that you will be able to complete your expedition safely. We will be able to hold the training sessions at university for you, or alternatively, tell you where and when training sessions are being held in the area.

    When you are ready to start to prepare for the expedition, send us an e-mail (from the home page), and we can meet and discuss your ideas, using the Expedition Guide we have as a source of information to get you started.

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    Residential Project (Gold Award Participants Only)

    "Aim - To broaden young people's experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    The Residential Project is 5 days, 4 nights spent somewhere you have not been before with people you do not know. During your time there, you and the other participants, who do not know each other either, will work together on a project which has a beneficial purpose.

    Clearly these projects have to be organised by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award themselves, but we have information about when and where these projects are running and also information about how to enrol for a particular project. You can choose what project you wish to do from the projects available.

    If you have any specific problems or questions, or would just like to find out more, please e-mail us (from the home page), or alternatively look on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Webpage, www.theaward.org.