The Duke of Edinburgh's Award


Since the Duke of Edinburgh's Award began in 1956, they have been inspiring, guiding and supporting young people in their self-development and recognising their achievements.

This course is for you if...

... you want to learn new skills.

... you want to help others in the community.

... you want to gain a great sense of achievement.

Where can this course lead to?

Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and know what it says about someone who’s an Award holder. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and team work. A DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice, so make sure you include your DofE Awards in your personal statement or CV.

What will I study on this course?

Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.

With assistance from a DofE Leader, you will select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community. 
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. 
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

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