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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

 

What is the DofE?

A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Find out more about each level on the young people's pages here.

To achieve each one participants must pay for a Participation Place and complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Levels and timescales explained

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards.  There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.

Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award - but remember, all activities must be completed before then.

The tables below show you minimum timescales for each level and section.  We've put the length of time in months - you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time of averaging at least an hour a week.  You can't achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend!

TIMESCALES

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.

All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver (15+ years old)
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Gold (16+ years old)
Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months Plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Length of time of DofE expeditions

Level Duration

Minimum hours of planned activity each day

BRONZE

2 days and 1 night

At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)

SILVER

3 days and 2 nights

At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3½ of which must be spent journeying)

GOLD

4 days and 3 nights

At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)

Find out more about each section on the young people's pages here.

For further information see Mrs Winter or Ms Robinson and visit the Duke of Edinburgh website.