The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Did you miss out on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at college or didn’t get around to completing it?

DofE UoL

The exciting news is that the internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme is now available for you to join whilst at university. We know that being a student involves juggling classes, job applications, volunteering and socialising but the DofE is designed to fit in around all of it.

Because it is a personal development programme, you get to choose activities that you may already be doing to count towards your DofE. If you’re completing the Leicester Award this year (18/19) the good news is that once you pass the Leicester Award you will have completed the Skills Section of the DofE. You can then enrol onto the DofE to complete the other sections. Physical, Volunteering & Expedition. You can participate in a range of university activities to complete the other sections, see below:

  • Physical Section - you could choose any sport, dance or fitness activity to get fitter and get better at it.  The University’s Sport & Active Life Team have a wide range of activities to get involved in.
  • Volunteering Section -  make a difference by helping people, your community, the environment or an organisation. You can search for volunteering opportunities through MyCareers, the Students Union and
  • Expedition Section - Plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or overseas. The Career Development Service can give you details of expeditions or visit the DofE website

The programme is flexible. You can complete sections and levels at the pace you set for yourself. Some people only do one section in a year; others work towards all sections at the same time. It’s up to you how you choose to do it.


  • · The ability to learn from and give back to others in the community
  • · A sense of self-belief and self confidence
  • · The ability to plan and use time effectively
  • · Problem solving, team working and communication skills

How it works

You need to have either passed or be working towards the Leicester Award to enrol onto the DofE programme.

To gain a DofE at any of the levels (Bronze/Silver/Gold) you must complete each of the following sections:

  • Skills (Learning a language, web design, knitting, cooking)  NB: If you’re completing the Leicester Award this year (18/19) you can count this as your skills section.
  • Volunteering (helping people, your community or environment)
  • Physical (any sport, dance or fitness activity)Expedition (Involves planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey which could be on a bicycle, sailing or even horse riding!)

How to apply:

Express an interest by emailing

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