The internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme, founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, operates in 144 nations and has three levels:
A life-changing experience as well as a fun time with friends, it is an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, as well as a tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
At each level they have to satisfy the requirements of four sections:
There are three Award levels:
BRONZE – for those aged 14+ years with timescales:
SILVER – for those aged 15+ years, timescales:
GOLD – for those aged 16+ years, timescales:
I have just finished my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and I can’t recommend it enough. For me, the best thing about my DofE was my expedition. Despite some mistakes during our practice expedition, our final one was an amazing experience that I won’t forget. It gave me a chance to put everything I had learnt during my training into practice and was a great way to get to know my friends better. Working in our team allowed me to improve my teamwork and planning skills while earning a great award which I know will benefit me all through life. I would recommend the Duke of Edinburgh to anyone looking for a way to meet new people and to develop themselves as a person because it is a great way of gaining skills in many different areas. The DofE is a very rewarding thing to do and helped me to gain more confidence in myself and I am really looking forward to starting my Silver soon!