The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award logoleading youth achievement award. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving your DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future. You can choose activities that motivate you, leading on your own personal journey. DofE also helps you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs as a graduate; it demonstrates that you have a wide range of skills, commitment and are comfortable working independently. 

It’s all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time you’ll gain friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

The Silver Award

The Award consists of four sections, the longest of which you will need to commit to for at least 12 months.


Volunteering is all about making aDofE thinkstock image 2
difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with the elderly or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the Volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.  


The Physical section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.  

Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it independently. You don’t have to be super fit or world class – with the DofE, it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.


The Skills section is about discovering what DofE thinkstock image 3you’re really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website?   

By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.


As part of a small team, you’ll plan and complete two expeditions (a practice and final) in the great outdoors, something that will truly stretch your abilities and expand your horizons. You’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.

Want to take part?

To take part you’ll need to be under 24 and in your first or second year of study within the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. Find out more by coming along to our Launch Event and one of our Registration Events.

Thursday 12 November 2016, 10am - 3pm
Curzon Ground Floor, City Centre Campus, Birmingham
Wednesday 18 November 2016, 11am
P132 (Parkside Building), City Centre Campus, Birmingham


Thursday 19 November 2016, 2pm
MP432 (Millennium Point Building), City Centre Campus, Birmingham

For more information come along to one of the above events or email

Already a DofE Award holder?

The faculty offers the Silver Award. If you already have Bronze, you’ll be able to complete the Silver Award in a shorter timeframe. If you already have Silver, we’ll still support you to complete your Gold Award – you can even assist in running the Silver Award groups as your volunteering section!