Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We specialise in supporting schools and organisations with delivery of your DofE programme which would include all planning, eDofE training as well as full, all-inclusive expedition support. We’re pleased to offer you a range of expeditions to suit wherever you choose, if you’re not sure we can help with the planning and logistics. As a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Licenced Organisation for South Tyneside Council and as an Approved Activity Provider for Expeditions and Residentials you can assured that you'll have a positive experience with us as we can support your expedition on land, two wheels or on the water.  How do I start my DofE or get my school involved?  The best way is to contact us directly so we can see what support you need, this can be done through our dedicated DofE email. dofe@simonsideoutdooradventure.com 

Below you can find useful links to help you with your DofE programme.


Volunteering section ideas
Physical section ideas
Skill section ideas
Residential section ideas
Participant enrolment form
eDofE FAQ's
eDofE bitesize info
eDofE getting started video

Upload an assessor report here for a young person onto their eDofE account

B-TEC Level 3 Sport - Outdoor Adventure

A new programme for Sept 2017 for school leavers and anyone post 16.  This 1 or 2 year course is perfect if you are looking for a career in the Outdoor Industry.  This course is designed to be taught both traditionally classroom based but mostly, our favourite; the classroom with the roof off, the great outdoors.  Applying theory into practice under the support and guidance of full time professional outdoor educationalists and tutors with a huge amount of experience and skill in working in the outdoors.  Collectively our team has over 60 years experience of the outdoors and working within education.  For further information and a full breakdown of the course units please follow the adventure package tile at the bottom of the page.
AQA Unit Award Scheme 
The Unit Award scheme allows us to deliver activity specific units towards pre entry and entry levels 1, 2 & 3.  With a huge range of outdoor specific accreditations to choose from we can tailor a course to suit your requirements.  For information on these courses please contact us directly and we will be happy to help.

Mayors Award

The Mayors Award is a four part locally recognised accreditation that is sometimes referred to as the mini DofE Award.  Folllowing the same four themes as a full Duke of Edinburgh's Award; skill, physical volunteering and expedition at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, this award is ideal for those wishing to use it as a stepping stone onto their Bronze DofE award.  Just like the DofE you will need to complete a minimum of 1 hour per week for each of the 3 sections.  For a list of local contacts who deliver the Mayors Award, please email ma@simonsideoutdooradventure.com.  There is a small charge of £4 to register which covers the cost of your handbook and certification.

  Bronze Silver Gold
Volunteering 6 weeks 8 weeks 10 weeks
Skill 6 weeks 8 weeks 10 weeks
Physical 6 weeks 8 weeks 10 weeks
Expedition  Take part in a walk.  4 hours Prepare and take part in a walk of at least 5 hours Play a major part in organising a walk of at least 6 hours

Adventure Packages