The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a programme for young people aged 14-24 with fantastic opportunities to develop your skills and gain new experiences.
Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) has three different levels, starting at Bronze and moving up to Silver and Gold.
Bronze and Silver awards include four different sections:
Skills - developing skills and personal interests
Physical - take part in physical activity
Volunteering - give your time to make a difference
Expedition - an outdoor adventure with your friends
Gold includes all of these plus a residential which involves a few nights away from home and fun activities.
You can start with the Bronze award when you're 14, and it will take at least 6 months to complete. It costs just £24 to enrol on the DofE Bronze award, and there might be additional costs for the expedition.
There is no time limit to complete any of the awards, and you have up until your 25th birthday to finish the award.
“Doing my DofE is one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life.” Toni Ann Wood, Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder
Watch the video below to hear from young people about what's involved in DofE:
What are the benefits of DofE?
You'll gain new skills, take part in awesome activities, and improve your employability.
DofE is something that employers and universities look out for, as they know it means you're committed, motivated, and have real life experience. DofE also helps you to grow as a person and develop skills like communication, team work, and leadership.
All of this means you will be more prepared for the world of work, and you'll have fun along the way!
“I would encourage anyone to undertake their DofE programme because it gave me a fantastic platform to prepare me for that next stage in my life through the experience and skills I have developed. I not only found the DofE fun, rewarding and challenging in parts, but I felt a real sense of personal achievement, something I look forward to as I progress onto my Silver and Gold levels.” James Burte-Carty, Bronze Award holder
DofE in Suffolk
Suffolk has over 9,000 young people taking part in DofE, with over 50 centres offering the programme.
A lot of these will be high schools and colleges, and you can talk to your school to find out more about how to get involved. If your school doesn't offer DofE, there are other ways to get involved through your community.
Are you already a DofE participant or award holder?
If you've already completed a DofE award or are currently a participant, check out the new DofE LifeZone website.
LifeZone is a website that helps you to make the most of your DofE experience and the skills you've gained. There are lots of tips about how to best describe and use your skills developed through DofE. This will be a huge benefit when it comes to interviews, CV writing and applying to uni.
You can also hear from other young people who have completed DofE and see what they have gone on to achieve!
LifeZone is exclusively for current/past participants with a DofE account. If that applies to you, check out the website! www.dofelifezone.info