The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Impress potential employers and universities with an achievement they know and respect. The internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme operates in about 100 countries and has three levels: Bronze (for those aged 14 and over), Silver (for those aged 15 and over) and Gold (for those aged 16 and over).

Download the pdf DofE Award resource.

What is involved?

At each level you have to satisfy the requirements of four sections:

  • Volunteering - undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical - improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad
Gold programme participants must also do an additional fifth:
  • Residential - involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

Checkout the DofE leaflet for more info about the award.

After you've successfully completed the Gold Award, you'll get the invite of a lifetime: recipients go to one of the royal palaces to accept their award in the presence of its patron, the Duke of Edinburgh (funnily enough). Not bad!