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 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.  Please note, you must complete the DofE Award before your 25th birthday.

Because it is a personal development programme, you get to choose activities that you may already be doing to count towards your DofE.  You can then enrol onto the DofE to complete the required sections. Physical, Volunteering, Skills & Expedition. You can participate in a range of university activities to complete the sections:

  • 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 one off volunteering opportunities through the Student Events page or regular and longer term roles through the Students Union.  You can also find opportunities in your preferred area by visiting
  • Skills Section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By developing a new talent, it should also boost your self-esteem.  It may help you to better set and rise to a challenge. You could already be doing an activity you can count as a skill.
  • Expedition Section - Plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or overseas. Ideas for expeditions can be found on the opportunity finder on 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.  Please note, if you choose to do the Gold level, you are also required to participate in a Residential.


  • 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

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

  • Skills (Learning a language, web design, knitting, cooking)
  • 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)
  • Residential (for Gold level only)

DofE Direct

What is it?  A brand new direct way for anyone who is aged between 18-23 years old to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award online and independently.  You’ll be able to progress through your DofE activities in your own time with dedicated support from a DofE Leader via email and telephone.

How to get started:

Express your interest by emailing Claire Shea-Simonds:

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