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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (The) DofE Awards

Why this award?

DofE is a personal journey that helps young people to get the most out of life and make a difference to the world around them.  It is designed by them for them.

There are 3 levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE); Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze Award takes a minimum of 6 months to complete, and as young people progress through the levels the commitment increases with Gold taking a minimum of 12 months. 

Young people complete 4 core sections, with a fifth section at Gold. 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 completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad and at Gold level, young people must complete a Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity. 

There is huge flexibility when it comes to choosing activities as long as they meet the above aims.   You decide on your goals for each section you complete and record evidence.

Who is it for?

DofE is for everyone!  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, if you are aged 14-24, you can choose the activities which motivate and inspire you and start a journey of self-discovery.  We know that DofE helps you to stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs, apprenticeships, college or maybe uni.

What time commitment is required?

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time.  You can work on one section at a time or all at once and you can take as long as you need to get your Award complete (you must be complete by your 25th birthday).

Your activity choices may relate to your hobbies or you could try something new!

Is the award externally accredited?

The Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards are certificated and accredited by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

You can gain a sectional certificate for each section completed, as well as a badge and certificate once you complete the whole Award.

Check out the DofE Certificate of Achievement too – available when you complete your Volunteering, Physical and Skills section during the current pandemic.

Case studies: 

Olly and Taylor, Drumchapel High School, Glasgow


Provider: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (The)

Website: Click here

Budget: Award Fee

For Ages: 14 - 24

Time to Complete: 6 to 18 Months


  • Sport
  • Nature
  • Volunteering
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Youth Work
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Enterprise
  • Adventure
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills
  • Physical Activity

Type of Involvement:

  • Overnight
  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Away from home
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience

Meeting Frequency: Weekly, Ad Hoc


Contact Rebecca Raynes / Peter Moir on 0131 343 0920, or send an email.