The DofE is all about going the extra mile - gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you'll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
More information for parents and carers on the DofE website
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.
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. For more in depth details, click here.
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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.
Find your nearest DofE Centre
DofE Direct is a new way for anyone aged 18 - 24, who hasn't got access to a local DofE centre to do their Gold DofE programme through an online portal. With the support of a DofE Leader over telephone or email, young people can now access their account at any time via eDofE and fit their DofE programme in around their busy lifestyle.
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.
Have fun, gain confidence, develop useful skills, make lasting friendships, get the edge when applying to college or university.
A Gold DofE Award holds a lot of value. 100 top employers in the UK including British Gas and Heathrow stated that they recognise the value of a DofE Award and want DofE alumni in their companies.