The Ultimate Employability Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24. Choices 4 All and UBU has joined forces with DofE so you can complete this fantastic challenge as part of your student experience.
DofE fits in closely with many of the other awards and qualifications available to you through the UBU, in particular the Student Leaders Award and HEAR. There are three progressive levels of the award - Bronze, Silver and Gold - that vary in length and commitment.
Many of you are already completing elements of the award through your interaction with UBU, be it through a sports club, society, volunteering, student rep or charity work.
For each level of the award you need to undertake four sections; volunteering, physical, skills-development and an expedition. For the Gold level you will also need to take part in a residential event.
“The best part of the DofE for me was doing the expedition as I went with my friends and it was really nice to build a fire together and get to know each other.” Fatouma – 22
Why should I get involved?
The DofE programme operates in over 100 countries and is recognised by potential employers and universities as a mark of real personal development and achievement. The programme is balanced and develops you as a whole person - mind, body and soul - in an environment of social interaction and teamwork.
Activities within the DofE programme can also be matched with those you are already doing in guiding so you can get more than one award for the challenges that you complete.
Completing my DofE Gold Award was a challenge that changed my life. The highlight was volunteering in a disbaility school.
What does it entail?
DofE has three levels.
It is recommended that all students begin at Bronze as this fits into the academic year well.
Once you have your bronze award, you can go for your silver award without doing the extra three months.
Note, if you start at silver, it will take you 18 months, the same amount of time that it takes to get Bronze AND Silver.
Once you have your Silver Award you can do your Gold D of E programme. It is possible to go straight to Gold Award but you must seek permission from DofE staff in the UBU for this to happen.
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