DofE AWARDS

Here's an Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is one of the world's most popular development programmes for young people aged 14-25. The Award includes four categories of highly practical, cultural and adventurous activities.

Most of these are cross-related with the ACF activities our cadets already do within the APC Syllabus. So whilst you're training for first aid, drill, target shooting and expeditions, you could also be working towards your DofE Award. The Awards are well regarded and recognised by universities and over 100 major employers such as British Gas, ITV, Burberry and Google.

The skills that you will pick up whilst completing your award will help you to stand out from the crowd such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Confidence
  • Dedication
  • Resilience

All great skills for your future employability.

There are three levels of Award:

  • Bronze,
  • Silver
  • Gold.


For each level you need to complete four sections:

  • Volunteering;

(Cannon Woodland clearance volunteering 2018)

(Christchurch Foodbank Volunteering 2018)


  • Physical

(Why not try to improve your levels of fitness by cycling?)

Or take up a new sport such as canoeing!


  • Skills;

(Marksmanship and Skill at arms can be used for this)

Or work towards your Bronze and Silver Idea Award

  • Expedition.

(Silver Expedition 2018)

Canoeing Expeditions coming soon…


To achieve a Gold Award, you also have to complete a Residential section.

(2018 Gold Residential on board STS Lord Nelson as part of the Lord Dannatt Round UK Challenge)


There is a small cost to be enrolled onto the DofE for each level: Bronze £22, Silver £22 and Gold £29.

Our County DofE Officer is Lt Caroline Wheatley and each Company has a DofE Rep