Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is a programme of activities that leads to a recognised award that proves you have a certain level of skill and have recognised personal qualities. It is for young people aged 14 to 24 years old.

Activities and awards

You can do the programme at three levels:

To achieve an award, you must complete a personal programme of activities in your spare time, under four sections (five if you are going for the Gold award):

  • Skills Section – for example, learn a musical instrument or improve your photography skills
  • Volunteering Section – for example, choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals
  • Physical Section – for example, learn a new sport or style of dance
  • Expedition – be a member of a team, plan and prepare your expedition, eg. sailing, hiking or horse riding.
  • Residential (Gold Award) - spend five days and four nights away from home on a shared activity with people you have never met before.

The award will help you to:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Have new experiences
  • Meet friends and learn how to work in a team
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Make a difference in the local community
  • Get fit
  • Gain confidence


Registration and enrolment for the Duke of Edinburgh Award is currently online only.

Visit the DofE’s online Hub for more information.


Cost of registration and expedition:

Registration fees

  • £24 for Bronze and Silver awards
  • £31 for Gold

Expedition costs

  • Bronze award - £222 (includes VAT @ 20%) per person per package
  • Silver Awards - £306 (includes VAT @ 20%) per person per package
  • Gold awards - £427 (includes VAT @ 20%) per person per package


We have a targeted cohort group of young people we prioritise. All are welcome outside of this priority group, however we will only take a small percentage of those who are out of the priority group.

Targeted groups

  • Young people with a disability / SEND or Mental Health needs
  • Children in care
  • Young carers
  • Those in receipt of free school meals and pupil premium
  • Those who are NEET (not in Education, Employment or training)


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