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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about going the extra mile – gaining next skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories.

At the same time, you’ll build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups.


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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a youth awards programme for young people aged between 14 and 25. It was founded in the United Kingdom by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and is now a recognised award in 144 nations worldwide.

The Award is set through three progressive levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve each Award the participants must complete a personal programme of activities in several areas.

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of physical activity or fitness.
  • Skills: developing practical, social skills and personal interests.
  • Expeditions: planning, training and completing an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold level, participants must complete an additional section.

  • Residential: staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

At each progressive level, participants are required to show regular activity and commitment, which is usually one hour per week. Participants must work on each section for a minimum period of time and must be motivated and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activity.

  • Bronze 3–6 months
  • Silver: 6–9 months
  • Gold: 12–18 months

Looking forward, the DofE can help you to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors for you.

Reasons to achieve in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

  • Supercharge your CV:

Colleges, employers, universities and beyond, highly regard DofE as a valuable asset on the CV. It demonstrates a rounded, confident individual who can work independently and as part of a team.

  • Self-Discipline

Requires dedication and commitment. Others depend on you in all areas, from turning up on your volunteering shift, to the importance of communication and teamwork on the expedition.

  • Independence

Planning routes, packing rucksacks and organising meals requires participants to take responsibility for their group. No more so when groups are on their expeditions and required to carry rucksacks, navigate to certain points and cook. All by themselves. 

  • Leadership and Team Work

Resolving conflict, putting up tents, planning routes, cooking meals all require careful negotiations and discussion among the teams. 

  • Achievement

Completing the DofE Award fills participants with a huge self-satisfying sense of achievement. The award requires a lot of effort, time and dedication. The sense of pride and jubilation when walking boots are taken off and you have realised you have completed your challenge is immense.

More information about the Award can be found below:

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