The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award equips young people for life and work. It is the world’s leading youth achievement award.
In 2013 more than one million young people around the world took part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. Since the Award’s launch nearly 60 years ago, it has inspired more than eight million young people to transform their lives. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world. Young people who do the Award become more confident and resilient, and develop skills in areas such as communication, problem solving and leadership. This in turn impacts on their communities, who see improvements in areas including employability, health and wellbeing, and educational attainment.
For more information visit The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
There are several benefits to completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
• Development of new skills
• Confidence in your own ability
• Organisational and time management skills
• Support for your UCAS and university applications (and further in the future)
• The opportunity to learn more about yourself
• You may already be doing several of the criteria included in DofE and now
• You will be able to get recognition for all the things you do
• And ultimately… you’ll 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.
Activities before higher education
Super and Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There’s so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:
• clubs, societies and employment in your local area
• higher education taster courses
• science, technology, engineering and maths activities
• skills development – e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise etc.
• accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education