The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been described as a ‘A life-changing experience’. It is a personal programme of activities, set up in 1956 (1958 for girls) to “inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.” It is an internationally recognised award which is highly respected by employers and universities alike. It provides the tools to develop essential skills for future life and work whilst giving students an opportunity to make new friends and experience an adventure.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award consists of three levels: Bronze open to year 9’s, Silver open to year 10’s and Gold open to year 12 and 13. It will take between six and eighteen months to complete, depending on the level and you have until your 25th birthday to complete the award. Each level is divided down into four sections (five if you are doing Gold): volunteering, skill, physical recreation and the expedition.
Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to something useful, without getting paid. Volunteering could fall into one of the following categories:
- Helping people
- Community action and raising awareness
- Coaching, teaching and leadership
- Working with the environment or animals
- Helping a charity or community organisation
In short, physical recreation is anything that requires a sustained level of physical energy and involves doing an activity. This could fall into one of the following categories:
- Team sports
- Individual sports
- Water sports
- Racquet sports
- Extreme sports
- Martial arts
A skill is something that you will need to spend time on to develop. Ultimately at the end of your timescale, you must be able to prove that you have broadened your understanding and increased your expertise in the chosen skill. Some examples include:
- Creative arts
- Performance arts
- Science and technology
- Care of animals
- Life skills
- Learning and collecting
- Media and communication
- Natural world
- Games and sports
The aim of the expedition section is to inspire young people to develop their initiative and a sense of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.
Residential (Gold only)
To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. It’s a big, exciting and fulfilling experience, spending five days and four nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.
For ideas see the ‘opportunity finder’ below:
Completing your DofE Award- participant section
Interested in completing your Duke of Edinburgh Award?
Please complete the form below and return to reception/ the finance office with payment.
EDofE is the online platform which DofE use to track student participation. Once payment and an enrolment form are submitted you will be provided with an EDofE login. Please use the link and guide below to help you navigate the platform.
Choosing an assessor
For each section that you complete you will need an assessor. This is someone who can verify and support you during your time doing that particular activity. An assessor should fulfil the following criteria:
- NOT a family member
- An expert in that given area e.g. a coach of that sport
- Willing to monitor/ support the student throughout their activities and help them achieve their goals/ objectives.
- Willing to submit an assessor’s report (see below) at the end of the designated time
Each week you should upload some evidence of what you have been doing. This can be in the form of a photo, video (limited capacity), text or other e.g. PDF file.
Alternatively, you can manually fill in an activity log sheet each week which can be uploaded at the end of your timescale.
For electronic copies please see the DofE website-
Every week your assessor should touch base with you to ensure that you are on task and achieving or working towards your goals. At the end of the designated time (3, 6, 12 or 18 months) the assessor should then complete an assessor’s report. This can be done on paper or electronically by logging on to https://edofe.org/Assessor
To pass the section the report must include:
- The student’s name
- The activity
- The assessor’s name and position i.e. what makes you able to comment on the student’s work?
- Dates that they have attended i.e. has your son/ daughter actually completed 6 months?
- A comment on their attitude/ dedication/ motivation/ progress
- The assessor’s signature or if electronic they will need to provide an email address
Writing Assessor Reports
DofE have recently launched an app. This has a very user-friendly interface and make uploading evidence very simple.
Finishing my DofE and receiving a reward gave me a huge sense of achievement. But I felt pride in myself and my group for all that we had done. The volunteering aspect made me feel helpful for the community however also boosted my confidence and productivity. I’m quite a shy person but DofE helped me come out of my shell and do activities I would never really do. I thank my group for that, my friends I would have never made without the award. Thank you!
~ Harriet Marsh (Bronze)
”I have really enjoyed the opportunity of doing the 3 activities that I have done for my D of E bronze award. I have particularly loved the photography training I have done as my skill. It has allowed me to experience the outside world through images and art. I don’t think I would have done the skill if it wasn’t for your encouragement and passion for the awards scheme. Thanks!”
~ Josh Evans (Bronze)
“Not as bad as ten tors!”
“The expedition is seriously not that bad”
“One of the campsites had a rope swing”
“Platypuses are great water pistols”
~ Zoë Cross (Bronze and Silver)
‘Thanks to participation in the DofE award at Bronze and Silver levels, I now know that I have the confidence to attempt and the ability to succeed, even outside of my comfort zone.’
~ William Newby (Bronze and Silver)