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Duke of Edinburgh Award

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.  You just need to be aged between 14 and 24. Within Dudley there are a variety of groups – open, school based or attached to a uniformed group ie scouts, ATC.

There are three levels Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential), see documents section at the bottom of this page.  

You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Your school or college may have a DofE group you could join.  If not or they are full then there are voluntary groups.  To find out about these or if you require any further information please contact the Duke of Edinburgh Admin team on 01384 815094/818937 or

email Lesley.Bossons@dudley.gov.uk or Michael.Fantham@dudley.gov.uk




ASDAN Short courses are designed to give flexible access to certificate a wide range of activities that can take place in schools, colleges, youth centres, informal education, referral units and training provision.  There are no age restrictions for the Short Course Awards, although the main focus is on the 13-19 age groups.  The Short Course Awards are straightforward to achieve and there is minimum paperwork, both for the participants and their award supervisors. Participants work from an Awards record book, which contains a choice of challenges. In general, challenges are completed over 30 hours or 60 hours, which corresponds to three or six credits (10 hours = one credit). A Portfolio of Evidence is collated containing evidence of planning and reviewing, a summary of key skill development, a record of progress and pieces of evidence for each challenge.  After internal moderation the award supervisor submits a list of successful candidates’ names to ASDAN, who then issue certificates to the centre. 

The Bronze Award is a preparatory level award that provides an introduction and stepping stone to achieving the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness CoPE. This section is designed to support centres in accessing the Bronze Award and in gaining Bronze Award certification from the CoPE student book, as a preparation for progressing to the full CoPE qualification.  



The Castle Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the person and social development of young people aged 12 – 14 and 25 years plus.  The Castle Award is based upon The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and all subject matter and learning outcomes will be exactly the same 

Want to know more? 

To find out more about the CASTLE Award, see the Related Documents section and open the relevant attachment. Contact:

The Duke of Edinburgh Admin team:

 01384 815094/818937 or

email Lesley.Bossons@dudley.gov.uk or