D of E Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a challenging programme of activities which enables young people to learn new skills, help others, and experience adventure, and will give a great sense of achievement.  Many organisations, such as employers and universities take a very positive view of young people who have achieved it.

The programme is based on ten guiding principles, which are:

Non competitive – a personal challenge, not a competition

Achievable by all – regardless of ability, gender, background or location

Voluntary – young people choose to undertake a programme and commit some of their free time to it

Personal Development – commitment and achievement inspires personal and social development

Personalised – young people design their own programme, setting their own goals

Balanced – challenges young people in different aspects

Progressive – each level requires greater time, commitment and responsibility

Achievement focused – young people set their own challenging goals to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Demand commitment – persistence and commitment must be demonstrated with participants encouraged to continue beyond the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


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DofE Expedition Advice sheets

DofE Eating on your expedition

DofE How to pack your rucksack

DofE Looking after your feet

DofE Waterproofing and weather protection

Finalising your DofE Award

Finalising your DofE Award (for website)