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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the world's leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. There are around 300,000 participants annually in the UK and 144 nations operate the scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one and four years to complete, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday. Due to age criteria only the Bronze and Silver awards can be completed at Bishop Perowne.
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.
Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards.
The DofE programme at Bishop Perowne started in 2015 with 16 students having successfully completed their Bronze award. We now have 32 students enrolled on the DofE programme who take part in training sessions throughout the year. The Expeditions run to: Kinver Edge (May), Cotswolds (June) and Wyre Forest (June).
Don't forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you're working on and achieve an Award – but remember, all activities must be completed before then.
The tables below show you minimum timescales for each level and section. We've put the length of time in months – you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time averaging at least an hour a week. You can't achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend!