What is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
“My DofE has made me realise I can be whoever I want to be.” Jay, Gold Award holder
Like Jay, many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. Time to get involved and go the extra mile?
Award levels and timings
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.
To find out what is required to achieve a Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Award, click on the link below or download our timescales PDF.
DofE Award sections
Adventurous, caring, sporty, creative… however you might describe yourself, the DofE is for you. Take a look at the Award sections below to start planning your own personal and unique journey.
Use our Opportunity Finder to get some inspiration for your DofE sections.
Where to do your DofE programme
More than 1,800 organisations across the UK – including schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, the Scouts and Guides, young offender institutions and businesses – help to run over 13,200 DofE centres.
DofE programmes are delivered under special licence to ensure they meet specific standards and you’ll be supported by a DofE Leader who offers advice and encouragement. Everyone involved is focused on helping you have experiences that will shape your future.
If you’d like to know how to become a Licensed Organisation or a volunteer, check out our Run the DofE section.
Benefits of a DofE Award
For Tanglwst and the hundreds of thousands of other young people who take part each year, the benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless.
It’s difficult to list them all here… but you should definitely know how much fun you’ll have, how pushing yourself to do new things will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. Why meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships. And how a DofE Award can give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.
Put simply, the DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.