Duke of Edinburgh's Award Pricing

What is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Why should I do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?

For the hundreds of thousands of young people who take part each year, the benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless. DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.

You’ll also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Who is the DofE award for?

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

What levels can you offer at Outright Adventure?

We run all 3 levels of the DofE award at Outright Adventure, Bronze, Silver & Gold.

When do we complete our DofE expedition training?

DofE training will be held over a mixture of Tuesday evenings and weekends. When you sign up you'll be provided with key dates you need to attend.

Do I need to buy all of my own expedition equipment?

You'll need your own personal equipment to complete your expedition, e.g. Waterproofs, hiking boots and a sleeping bag, but Outright Adventure will loan any group equipment e.g. tents, cookers, map and compass. There is no extra charge it's included in our fees.

Who will I complete my DofE award with?

Your volunteering, skill, physical and residential sections are self led, you could choose to do these with friends but that's up to you. Your expedition section needs to be completed in a team of at least 4, you can join as a group and stick together or individually and we'll place you with another team.

Can I transfer from another centre?

Yes, you can transfer to Outright Adventure at any time, if you've already registered for your DofE award you won't need to pay for this again, you will need to pay the Outright Adventure fees.

How long will it take to achieve my DofE award?

Bronze Timescales

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme

.– Volunteering section: 3 months
– Physical section: 3 months
– Skills section: 3 months
– Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

Silver Timescales

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

– Volunteering section: 6 months
– Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
– Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold Timescales

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze. The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

– 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.