Duke of Edinburgh
Mr. A Carver – Duke of Edinburgh Manager- Bronze level
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (“DofE”) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Its ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. It provides a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE.
A DofE Award is an enormously valuable achievement and is recognised and valued by colleges and universities worldwide.
Emphasising the importance of highlighting the activities you have undertaken as part of your DofE programme on your UCAS or college application form, tells the institution that you have an ambitious and positive attitude as well as a range of interests.
Many top universities are now looking for much more than good grades and extra-curricular activities; they are interested in young people who can evidence a genuine and committed interest in their desired area of study.
In addition to literacy and numeracy skills, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the CBI define the skills and attitude that make someone employable as:
- Problem solving
- Team working
Having a positive attitude is also an incredibly important attribute in every industry, from customer relations to construction.
A ‘can do’ approach underpins success in working life by helping you to be resilient and adapt to changing situations around you.
DofE programmes help participants to develop each and every one of these attributes and skills – although they might not realise it.
For further information about the Award, go to www.dofe.org.
What does the programme include?
There are 4 main sections of a DofE programme (Bronze and Silver level). At Gold level, participants will also undertake a residential activity as part of a team.
Expedition (practice and qualifying) 2 days walking, 1 overnight stay at Bronze level. 3 days walking and 2 overnight stays at Silver level. 4 days walking and 3 overnight stays at Gold level.
Residential (only at Gold)