The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has been described as a “a life-changing experience”. It is a personal programme of activities, set up in 1956 (1958 for girls) to “inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.” It is an internationally recognised award which is highly respected by employers and universities alike. It provides the tools to develop essential skills for future life and work whilst giving students an opportunity to make new friends and experience an exhilarating adventure.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award consists of three levels:
Bronze - open to Year 9 students
Silver - open to Year 10 students
Gold - open to Year 12 and 13 students.
It will take between six and eighteen months to complete, depending on the level and you have until your 25th birthday to complete the award.
Each level is divided into four sections (five if you are doing Gold): volunteering, skill, physical recreation and the expedition itself. You can find more information about each activity below.
Science and technology
Care of animals
Learning and collecting
Media and communication
Games and sports