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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is open to every member of the Air Cadet Organisation aged 14 or above and is a great way of learning new skills and qualities. Completing any level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme also looks great for prospective employers as it shows them that you’re willing to try new challenges and learn new skills.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) has three different levels of participation each of which has different entry requirements and commitments to complete. Most people start at Bronze level and work up towards Gold, but it is possible to enter directly at the other levels of the Award if you meet the requirements.

Taking it to the next level

There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. And it's never too late to get in on the action - depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level!

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold:

  • Volunteering - Get involved providing services to individuals or the community and make a difference to other people's lives

  • Physical - Get active and improve your skills and fitness in sport, dance or other physical activities - it's your choice

  • Skills - Find new interests and get new talents (or perfect existing ones), with increased practical and social skills

  • Expedition - Get outdoors and plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad - an unbeatable experience

  • Residential - Only at Gold level. Getting to the Gold level is a big deal and this last stage could see you going to another country, sharing tasks and activities with people you've never met. It'll test your mettle, and set you up for what life throws at you in the future

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