Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive, flexible personal development
programme of activities for young people. Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a
programme at one of the 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:
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 completing an
unaccompanied adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. It can be
by canoe, kayak or boat; on foot; on horseback; by wheelchair or by bicycle.
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
This cannot be for a business or family member but can be for a
charity or for a not-for-profit organisation.
At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential
section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a
Benefits of a DofE Award
For hundreds of thousands of young people who take part each year, the benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless.
It’s difficult to list them all here… but you should definitely know how much fun you’ll have, how pushing yourself to do new things will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. Why meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships. And how a DofE Award can give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.
Put simply, the DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.