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Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

Doing your DofE can be a life-changing adventure.

On the way, you will do your own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help you reach your full potential.

You’ll learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement.

Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and know what it says about someone who’s an Award holder.

For young people, a DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. They just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass them by.

Our guiding principles

At the DofE, we strive to achieve our mission through personal development programmes and the assessment and presentation of Awards.

All our programmes are driven by the following ten guiding principles, which are at the heart of everything we do.

  • Non-competitive
  • Achievable by all
  • Voluntary
  • Personal development
  • Personalised
  • Balanced
  • Progressive
  • Achievement focused
  • Demand commitment
  • Enjoyable

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:


Undertaking service to individuals or the community


Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities


Developing practical and social skills and personal interests


Planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad


If you would like to know more about Duke of Edinburgh at Barnhill please speak to Mrs S Smith.