The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

“My DofE has made me realise I can be whoever I want to be.” Jay, Gold Award holder

Like Jay, many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. 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. Time to get involved and go the extra mile?

D of E Award sections

Adventurous, caring, sporty, creative… however you might describe yourself, the DofE is for you. Take a look at the Award sections below to start planning your own personal and unique journey.





Residential (for Gold DofE participants only)

The D of E story

Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then. The DofE Award was based on Kurt Hahn’s Moray Badge, run by him while Headmaster at Gordonstoun School.

A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person. We have both a rich history and a bright future. Why not let our timeline and our young people tell you more?

Our ambition

The DofE has a positive impact on young people’s lives, in terms of their personal development and employability, and on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.

Demand remains high. With increasing numbers of young people wanting to take part in the world’s leading youth achievement award, it’s our ambition to give another one million 14 to 24-year-olds in the UK this life-changing opportunity by 2021.

Thanks to our fantastic team of employees and volunteers and the generous donations made by our supporters, we look forward to doing just that.

Independent Impact Research

The DofE commissioned The University of Northampton to carry out a groundbreaking study into the value of the DofE. The Impact Research showed that the DofE continues to offer successful personal development programmes for young people. It showed that young people do their DofE to have fun, and that support from Leaders and friends keeps them engaged.

Key findings:

90% of young people said doing their DofE has given them opportunities to help others.

82% noted their DofE has made them want to continue with volunteering/voluntary activities.

62% feel that doing their DofE has helped them make a positive difference to their local community.

74% of young people said they developed self-esteem.

64% feel that as a result of DofE they are better at sport or physical activity.

74% of young people said it allowed them to try activities they would never have tried before.

71% of young people identified improved self-belief.

Three quarters of young people think their DofE Leaders are inspirational.

How to get involved?

In the first instance contact your Platoon Commander who will in turn contact your Company DofE Officer who will then undertake the necessary paperwork to enrol you.

Surrey DofE Officer

2nd Lt Mike Curtis

You can find out more at the official web site.

The eDofE link can be found here.