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Build the skills you need for life

See all that you can achieve with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Did you know that right now, your interests and hobbies could be earning you an internationally recognised award?

Choose your own journey with the DofE, whether it be doing the things you already enjoy or, challenging yourself to discover new interests. The choice is yours.

Voluntary Service

Give back

Physical Recreation

Break a sweat

Adventuous Journey

Get wild and explore


Find your genius

Gold Residential

Leave your comfort zone

Start your Award

Doing the Award is a personal challenge; it will push you to your limits and recognise and celebrate your achievements.’

Taking part in the Award requires commitment over time but it will give you the opportunity to develop the wider ‘soft’ – or universal – skills which help ensure you are ready for your world.

As an Award participant you will:

  • Design your own Award
  • Set your own goals and record your progress
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
  • Connect with other Award participants at home and abroad


How to get started: Register with your nearest operator: Search for the Award locations now.

Determine what level is right for you: The Award is divided into three levels; depending on your age and experience, you may choose to start with Bronze and work your way up, or jump straight to Silver or Gold. Your Award Leader will be able to explain more about the three levels and their requirements.

Registration fee: There is usually a small registration fee required to cover the cost of your record book and Award administration. This will be handled by your Award Operator.

Plan your Award: Once you have registered, your Award Leader will help you plan your programme of activities. You should also receive a record book/access to an Online Record Book to keep track of your activities.

Your Questions Answered

You can use your DofE Award to count towards your school electives, get a job or go onto higher education after school! 

  • Gain an International Award
  • Develop important life skills
  • Accelerate your job opportunities
  • Count it towards your school electives
  • Get help to access higher education
  • Meet new people

The DofE gives you the chance to express your passions and get yourself ready and energised for the world through a variety of exciting and challenging experiences like adventure, sports, and volunteering to help worthy causes that really mean something to you. So, get yourself #WORLDREADY and join us!  

“There are three awesome Awards you can do! Bronze, Silver and Gold. You can choose any activities you want to do. You can do something you’re already doing or try something completely new”!

Voluntary Service
Give back to your community and make a difference

Physical Recreation
Have fun, get active and improve your health and wellbeing

Unleash your talents or grow new skills and interests

Adventurous Journey
Explore and get out of your comfort zone with your mates

Gold Residential Project
Get out and discover the world around you

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can do the Duke of Ed. With the DofE, it doesn’t matter where you are located, or how you describe your background or circumstances – this is an Award for everyone!

At the DofE, we want to help you design your own program and achieve the Award in a way that matters to you. The DofE isn’t a competition or about being first, but instead, it’s about helping you to step outside your comfort zone and set new personal challenges, so you finish up feeling rewarded, accomplished and #WORLDREADY

You can start your DofE by doing the Bronze Award, and we encourage you to continue the challenge by completing your Silver and Gold Award. It’s up to you how you complete each Award Level – you can either choose to build on some of the activities and challenges you’ve already been doing, or you can take the chance at each stage to try something completely new!

While each level of the DofE Framework is made up of Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation, Skills, and an Adventurous Journey, you’ll start to spend more time on your chosen activities as you move through the Levels from Bronze to Silver and Gold. We’re inviting you to see how far you can go, but remember, every Level can bring incredible value to your personal development and life ambitions.