Duke of Edinburgh Award

RPCC is proud to announce that we are now an officially registered DofE centre (Duke of Edinburgh's Award), and we will be offering places for the Bronze award from September 2022. This will be offered to all students in Year 9 and Year 10.


What is the Duke of Edinburgh 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.

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.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze

The DofE are looking for regular commitment in each section and activity. Timescales are in calendar months

The steps for the sections 
What activity, where are you going to do it, what do you want to achieve, who will your Assessor be, what evidence will you collect, fill in your programme planner on eDofE. 
Attend your activities regularly (i.e. about an hour a week). Add evidence onto eDofE.

Ask your assessor to write a few sentences about your commitment and progress, upload the report onto eDofE


Volunteering Section

Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to do something useful without getting paid and make a difference.

Volunteer individually or as part of a team.


  • Coaching at a football club
  • Being a weekly visitor to an older person
  • Peer mentoring at school
  • Youth club leader
  • Volunteering at school

You cannot:

  • Volunteer for family members
  • Volunteer with a business or profit organisation
  • Receive payment for your time


Physical Section

Anything that requires a sustained level of physical energy and involves doing an activity can count – as long as you show interest and improvement over time.


You can use a team sport or individual fitness programme


  • Playing football for a local team
  • Dance class
  • Joining free running group a e.g. Park Run
  • Gym
  • Swimming


Skills section

Something old, something new – it doesn’t matter.

Improve an existing skill or develop a new one.


  • Learn to draw
  • After school drama classes
  • Learning a musical instrument
  • Learn a new language
  • Cooking

You cannot:

  • Use any sport activities for this section
  • Use any of your school subjects/lessons/homework
  • Receive payment for your time


The Expedition section

Planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team. Before your expedition, you will need to identify your expedition aim, mode of travel and location. You will spend two days and one night hiking in teams independently, using map and compass skills, and camping in the New Forest overnight at a chosen campsite.


  • Planning a route in The New Forest by foot to take a series of photographs to use in a calendar.
  • Exploring team dynamics and skills with a different team leader each day as you explore The New Forest


Who can assess you in your Physical, Skill, and Volunteering sections?

Your Assessor must:

-       Be an adult (over 18 years of age)

-       Have more knowledge of the activity than you so they can offer support and advice

-       Not be a family member or carer

-       Have agreed to be your Assessor in advance.