The Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Do you feel you need a challenge?
  • Do you think you could survive outside in the countryside for a night?
  • Could you navigate yourself and your team using a map for 20km?
  • Would you like to learn a new skill or start a new sports club?
  • Could you work as a volunteer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award could be for you. The award is an adventurous, challenging and a voluntary award that aims to support the personal and social development of young people regardless of their background or ability. It offers individuals the opportunity to undertake constructive, enjoyable and purposeful challenges in their free time.

At Ifield Community College we currently run the Bronze award which is split into four sections: Expedition, Physical, Volunteering and Skills. For more information on each section please see the video below. If you are interested in joining the September 2022 cohort then please get in contact with Miss Reisner or Mrs Styles

Since its launch in 1956, the DofE Award has helped to transform the lives of millions of young people by giving them the opportunity to take on their own challenges, pursue their own passions, discover new skills and develop personal qualities that have not only made a positive difference to their own lives but have made a difference in their community.

The award aims to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. The charity’s ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers.

The Programme

Students undertaking the DofE programme complete four different types of activity at Bronze level to achieve an Award:

  • Volunteering: undertake service to individuals or the community. This develops compassion, commitment and the confidence to make a difference.
  • Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. This develops fitness, enjoyment and, depending on the activity, teamwork.
  • Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal interests. This helps young people to realise their unique potential and gain greater self-esteem.
  • Expedition: plan, train for, and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. This develops teamwork and leadership, and challenges young people to push themselves beyond their expectations.

Why Do Your DofE?

Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different.

You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.

  • achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • you are getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • you will make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Doing your DofE really does give you the skills for life and work.

For general information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award please visit

Bronze Expedition – 10th September 2021 – Devil’s Dyke

In Autumn 2021, students took part in a two day and one night expedition starting at Devil’s Dyke on the South Downs. Photos of the expedition can be viewed below.