The Award equips young people for life and work.
Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is also known as DofE, The Head of State Award, The President's Award Scheme, The International Award for Young People, and the Governor General's Youth Award. The Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.
Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education and learning, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.
How do the four sections of the Award work?
The Award framework
The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.
The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.More about Service
The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.More about Skills
The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.More about Physical Recreation
The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.More about Adventurous Journey
Gold Residential Project
The Gold Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden participants' horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.More about Residential Project