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Find out what the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is, the new approach it's delivered, who can take part and where it's held.
What is The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award is nationally and internationally recognised by colleges, universities and employers as a programme showing that young people have achieved and ‘done something different’ with their lives that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Full details of the award can be found at:
The DofE is available at three different levels dependent on the participant's age:
The Bronze level can be completed in a minimum of 6 months.
The Silver level can be completed in a minimum of 6 months for those who have completed the Bronze level, or 12 months for direct Silver entrants.
The Gold level can be completed in a minimum of 12 months for those who have completed the Silver level or 18 months for direct entrants.
Whatever level is undertaken, a personal programme of activities is achieved that includes:
It is recommended to complete each award level progressively eg Bronze, Silver then Gold as this reduces the time it takes to achieve each award.
However, you can start on a Silver programme without having previously undertaken the Bronze award. Likewise, you can undertake the Gold programme without having completed the Bronze or Silver. All awards must be completed by your 25th birthday.
Please note: as long as you meet the age requirements of the next award level, you can enrol for the next award level if you have completed, and had approved, one section of the previous award.
What is the new approach for the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?
Following a review of the council’s involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award it was agreed that on the 31 December 2017 the East Riding of Yorkshire Council would terminate its Licensed Operator (LO) status. This means that schools and/or colleges would be encouraged to become Direct Licensed Centres (DLCs) thus enabling young people across the East Riding to either start or continue their D of E journey.
The council along with the Regional DofE Office have been proactive in supporting the new delivery approach by helping schools and/or colleges in the transition to become a new unit.
We are delighted to announce that the following schools and colleges have become DLCs :
Beverley Grammar School
Beverley High School
Cottingham High School
Driffield School and Sixth Form
Hessle High School and Sixth Form
Hornsea School and Language College
Hull Collegiate School
Market Weighton School (The)
Snaith School (The)
South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College
St. Anne’s School and Sixth Form College
Woldgate School and Sixth Form College
Please note: there are also Open DofE Award Centres at Easington Youth Centre, The Moorlands Community Charity (Old Goole).
The new delivery model enables the council’s Youth and Family Support (YFS) service retain a stake in the DofE by continuing to encourage young people from vulnerable groups to enrol on the DofE.
This approach is supported by the Dewhirst Charitable Trust DofE Bursary, which has now operated by the regional DofE office for the last three years, which helps to provide suitable equipment and clothing to those young people from lower-income families.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part in the award as long as they are aged 14 years or in year 9 at school when they enrol.
Participants must have completed their award(s) by the age of 25.
You can read more about the levels and timescales involved in the DofE Award using the links in the further information section of this page.
What are the benefits of taking part?
Achieving the award can help you gain the skills and attributes that could make you a successful candidate for college, university, and employment. You will gain self-confidence, learn new skills, talents and meet new friends. It's all about getting out there and having fun.
The award is nationally and internationally recognised. Skills you can gain include the following:
Read more about reasons to do the DofE Award and the benefits you can gain using the links in the further information section of this page.
Where is it held?
The new Direct Licensed Centres (DLCs) operate at the following schools and colleges:
Contact: Dan Bibbington
Tel: (01482) 881531
Contact: Louise Lewis
Tel: (01482) 881658
Contact: Sarah Green
Tel: (01262) 672593
Contact: Damian Gath
Tel: (01482) 847498
The 6th Form Centre
Contact: Jess Yates
Tel: (01377) 253631
Contact: Christina Keyworth
Mobile: 07340 032981
The Moorlands Community Charity
16A Moorland Road
Tel: (01405) 768111
Contact: Kat Moore
Tel: (01482) 648604
Contact: Charlotte Scott
Tel: (01430) 430448
Contact: John Hart
Tel: (01964) 532727
Contact: Sally Groves
Tel: (01482) 657016
Contact: Marjorie Lamb
Tel: (01430) 873450
Contact: Adam Hall
Tel: (01759) 321200
Contact: Melanie Till
Tel: (01405) 860 327
The Green Room
East Dale Road
Contact: Jasmin Oxlade
Tel: (01482) 631208
St. Helen's Drive
Contact: Sue Hosdell
Tel: (01482) 667379
92 Kilnwick Rd
Contact: Ruth Painter
Tel: (01759) 302395
Please note: if you are interested in undertaking the award at your school, academy or youth club please contact your school’s DofE Manager or:
Emma Stothard, DofE Regional Operations Officer
Mobile: 07920 501983
Please note: each school will have its own arrangements and costs.
How can I obtain a Dewhirst Charitable Trust D of E Bursary?
The Dewhirst Charitable Trust's Duke of Edinburgh’s award grant is for participants to support them in undertaking the expedition element of the Award. Participants are eligible for a grant at each level: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Applications to the Dewhirst Charitable Trust's Duke of Edinburgh’s Bursary are currently closed.
Where can I find further information?
If you want to find out more about the D of E Award, what it is and how it is run, there is a lot of useful information for young people and parents and guardians on the D of E national website:
You can read more about the types of activities you can take part in on the activities section of the D of E website:
Read more about reasons to do the D of E Award and the benefits you can gain using the links below:
You can read more about the levels and timescales involved in the award on the D of E Award website:
You can read more about the kind of equipment you may need on the D of E website: