What is DofE all about?

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been going for seven decades and has inspired millions of young people to get involved in volunteering and to undertake a range of physical activities.

The patron of the charity, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh has said “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.”

At Studio@Deyes we will run practice runs out on the mountains, navigating the terrain and orienteering. There will be no rambling country foot paths, just the open mountains ready for adventure.

To read more about the organisation and what it involves click the button below.

What are the levels?


Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.


Gold timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Why bother doing DofE?

Good question!

Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it.

  • You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences
  • discover talents you never thought you had
  • challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you
  • Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of

Then there’s all the other stuff…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. …you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).