A BARNSLEY College student has been awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace.

There are five main sections of a Duke of Edinburgh gold programme - volunteering, physical, skills, residential and expedition.

Daniel Collier completed around 30 hours of volunteering, his physical activity was learning a form of martial arts called Bujinkan, and he developed his skill in playing the Double Bass with Musica Kirklees Youth Orchestra.

He also completed a residential activity away from home for five days, as well as a four-day expedition where he hiked for eight hours each day.

He said: “Being in the Buckingham Palace gardens was incredible.

“Knowing that I was now one of the very few people to have been invited and allowed inside the grounds of the palace was an incredible feeling.

“Celebrating with celebrities including actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe and athlete Jodie Ounsley was the cherry on the top.

“Receiving the award was great, knowing that the effort I put in was all worth it.

“My enjoyment of the course also helped push me to do my Gold Award to give me more unique and higher-level achievements to continue studying at Barnsley College University Centre.

“I would genuinely recommend giving it a go, while it can be physically testing at times, it’s a great way to spend time away from others and have a good laugh with friends, as well as making new friends.”