How rewarding is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE Award scheme has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people. 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person. Achieving a DofE Award is still a great passport to a brighter future, valued by both employers and universities.

In 2017/18 more young people in the UK than ever improved their life and work prospects by achieving a DofE Award. Growing up in a media and technological heavy environment, this generation faces more new challenges including social media pressures and the rise of automation in the workplace, all of which demands flexibility, teamwork and new skills. The 142,961 young people who achieved an Award can harness DofE outcomes such as greater confidence, self-esteem, resilience and enterprise to face those challenges, build lasting friendships and make a success of their lives. The 275,988 young people who started their DofE in 2017/18 will reap the benefits in future years.

UK 2017/18

Active participants



Awards started:275,988
Awards achieved:142,961


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The DofE Gold Residential

To achieve the DofE Gold Award you need to complete the DofE Gold Residential, this involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before. A DofE residential boosts your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s.

It’s an exciting and very fulfilling experience. It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others. There are loads of possibilities to find the activity that’s just right for you – pushing personal boundaries and gaining new skills.The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. Awesome adventures for activity weeks can be enjoyed here.

“I underwent my Gold DofE Residential at Cumulus this summer and what a fantastic experience! From coasteering and kayaking to sleeping overnight in hammocks and climbing the cliffs at Dancing Ledge in Swanage, it was an unforgettable week. Making some great new friends and the instructors were not only very professional but great fun to spend time with.
Overall highly recommended and if I had the chance I would do it all over again!”

Abbi – August 2018