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What is the DofE?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment.

It's delivered by a number of licensed providers across the UK: Scouts being one of the biggest.

By taking part, young people build on a huge range of practical and character skills – like resilience, problem-solving, team-working and drive – and come out the other side with a stronger sense of self (something really brilliant to put on their CV), or talk about in their uni and job applications).

There are three award levels to achieve:
Bronze – for those aged 14+ years*
Silver – for those aged 15+ years*
Gold – for those aged 16+ years

Young people build their own custom DofE programme: choosing from a range of skills-based challenges, physical activities, volunteering opportunities and expeditions to suit their interests and goals.

As part of their Gold Award, they also take part in a residential activity.

Scouts can complete their DofE while they're in Explorers or Network, linking their achievements to the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Diamond and Queen’s Scout Awards. As well as the Young Leaders' Scheme.

* If a young person isn't 14 or 15 yet, but is in the school year in which their peer group turns 14/15, they can start their respective award. All activities must be completed by a young person's 25th birthday.

March 2021 DofE permanent updates

DofE have made some permanent updates to their programme. 

Read the updates on the programme >
Volunteering and training requirements
DofE volunteers help build young people up, so they can be the best they can be. Discover the volunteering opportunities and the training requirements.
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Enrolling a young person

Discover all you need to know in helping to get young person started with DofE.

Help them get going

Promotional materials

Want to promote DofE but don't know where to start? Check out the ideas.

Spread the word about DofE

Assessor report checklist and examples

Young people need to provide evidence to track their progress in each section of the award. 

Get ticking those boxes

Running DofE as a leader

If you're a leader, read this guidance on how you can run the award.

Find out everything you need to know

Doing DofE as a participant

Share this guidance with young people to help them get started with their adventure.

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Running DofE as a County Advisor

Discover your responsibilities as a County Adviser.

Read the guide