The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a four section programme with three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. A specific time on Wednesday afternoons is set aside for the pupils to receive instruction and guidance.

All Third Form pupils are strongly encouraged to partake in the Bronze level, with the Silver and Gold levels being entirely voluntary thereafter. It offers a constructive individual challenge, enjoyable activities and encourages personal development. It also helps to develop initiative and organisation, and always includes an Expedition, which has sometimes been completed in a foreign country.

At any one time, from the Third Form to the Upper Sixth, almost half the school is involved in the scheme, making Oundle's Award group one of the largest of any school in the country.