“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award exists for all young people. Functioning as a complement to formal education, the purpose of the DofE is to help young people gain experience of some of the most rewarding opportunities available to adults in their non-working lives.” – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
For the past 70 years, the DofE charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
In 2017 several of our students chose to undertake the challenge of the DofE programme, undergoing training in orienteering, map-reading and outdoor pursuits skills, followed by the DofE expedition in an outdoor adventure challenge in the beautiful English countryside.
What is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
It’s a fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.
Award levels and timings
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.
Find out more at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Website