Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a well established programme of challenges open to young people from Year 9 in school. Young people have until the age of 25 to complete their Award. The DofE is not an organisation but a programme of challenging leisure and free time activities to aid in a young person’s personal development. The DofE is flexible to meet the needs of the individual and is achievable by all young people.

What we do:

  • The challenges for Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE are based on activities that the young person chooses from a range described on www.DofE.org. All programmes include an expedition and at Gold level a residential.
  • Young people can take part at a local DofE centre. If you are unsure about where your nearest centre is please contact us at [email protected] or look take a look on the Opportunity Finder at www. dofe.org
  • DofE is inclusive of all young people. Our guiding principles are Non Competitive, Balanced, Achievable by All, Voluntary, Personal Development, Personalised, Progressive, Achievement, Commitment and Enjoyable
  • Young people create a personalised programme which includes a Skill, Physical Activity and Volunteering. They will also take part in a journey which offers a challenge, their Expedition. Expeditions can be tailored to individual and group need.
  • Most DofE centres are in schools and colleges. Young people can also access DofE through Open Centres. www.opendofe.org

Our users say:

“I feel really happy and proud of my achievement. I just feel really good. It makes me feel like I can get out more and do stuff. Before DofE, I was in my room quite a lot and now I have done it, I just want to do more.”

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Age Range: 14–25

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