Welcome to the DofE! By doing your DofE, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike.

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

Why do your DofE?

Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!

You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!

Then there’s all the other stuff…

  • achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!

Levels

You can do the programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and, if Gold, taking part in a residential activity.

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

For more information log on to the Duke of Edinburgh homepage. If you like what you’ve read please come and see the Enrichment Team in Student Services and pick up an information booklet or chat to a member of the Team.