A Silver DofE programme has four sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students need to do at least six months Volunteering; a minimum of six months on either Physical or Skills and three months on the other. It’s up to the student which one they do for longer.
If the student has already completed Bronze, they can choose the same activity for Silver, but they need to show development in it.
The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a three day (two night) expedition.
If a student has started Silver without doing Bronze first they’ll have to do an extra six months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections they have spent more time on. Though they can change their mind later, they should decide which section they want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long they’re going to do it for will help them to choose their activity and set their goals for each section.
It will take students at least six months for Silver if they've already achieved their Bronze, or twelve months if they've jumped straight into Silver.