The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The DofE is the worlds’ leading youth engagement award

In a recent survey of universities and employers, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award ranked highest in a list of extra-curricular activities that they would like to see on someone’s personal statement or C.V.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps to transform young peoples’ lives by encouraging them to take part in volunteering, physical and skill activities as well as an expedition. The award can be done alongside a learners’ current study programme with a small amount of weekly input and big rewards.


You’re bound to have lots of questions when starting your DofE – or you might be part-way through your programme and looking for some guidance. Get the lowdown on what’s involved in a DofE programme: Award levels, sections, timings, costs and more.

What is the DofE

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They 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.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences.

Why do the DofE

For the hundreds of thousands of young people who take part each year, the benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless. DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.

You’ll also 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.

How much will it cost

The DofE endeavours to keep your costs down so the current Welcome Pack, which includes the participation fee, is £22 for the Bronze Award, £22 for Silver and £29 for Gold. There may be additional costs for activities but we endeavour to tell you of any additional costs and what they cover before signing up.

Everyone receives a DofE Card to get discounts on things like kit and expeditions don’t need to be expensive.