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Duke of Edinburgh

What is the DofE?


The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It is offered to all young people aged 14‐24 in over 140 countries and territories across the globe.  All activities must be completed before the participants 25th birthday. There are three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At each level, participants must set themselves personal goals in four different sections (Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and Adventurous Journey). Participation in the award requires participants to demonstrate that they can work independently, be organized and plan ahead. It offers young people the chance to discover they are truly capable of much more than they thought possible.

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This award helps participants develop essential life skills and become global citizens. It involves encouraging participants to push their personal boundaries, help others and gain new skills. The successful completion of the International Award at one of its three levels enhances CVs and strengthens a student’s application for universities and colleges.

The three levels of the Award

  • Bronze: for those over 14 years. 6 months minimum participation.

  • Silver: for those over 15 years.12 months minimum participation

  • Gold: for those over 16 years. 18 months minimum participation

The four sections of the Award

Volunteering: to inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’s life and develop compassion by giving service to others and demonstrate social responsibility.


Physical: to inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in physical activity.


Skills: to inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.


Expedition with their school: to inspire young people to develop initiative and a sense of adventure and discovery by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.

Residential Project (only at Gold level)

Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.

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