Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

This award scheme is an individual programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, that will challenge you and get you involved in exciting and interesting activities in your spare time. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24, and be ready for a challenge.

Award levels

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve 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 it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end. Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re doing Gold). The length of time you have to spend on each section depends on the level of programme you’re doing; the sections are:

  • Volunteering – helping someone, your community or the environment;
  • Physical – becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities;
  • Skills – developing existing talents or trying something new;
  • Expedition – planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey;
  • Residential (Gold only) – staying and working away from home as part of a team

Award centres

There are over 45 units running the DofE in Warwickshire, including schools, youth groups, outdoor education centres and voluntary organisations.

Supporting young people

There are a number of ways you can support young people to complete the Award including:

  • running a unit
  • offering volunteering opportunities
  • supporting young people to complete a section
  • signposting young people to get involved in the Award
  • Taking an interest in what young people are doing
  • And many, many more…..

Leader downloads

Further guidance and downloads are available from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards website.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was last updated on March 8, 2017.


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