The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Launceston College


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or 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 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. It is a personal programme of activities, set up in 1956 (1958 for girls) to “inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.”

DofE has three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, and consists of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold). It will take between 6—18 months to complete, depending on the level and you have until your 25th birthday to complete the award.

DofE has successfully been run at Launceston College for many years and continues to grow.

Why do  Launceston College students do DofE?

By doing the DofE students  gain recognition for what they already do. They gain skills, confidence & experiences valued by universities & employers by taking part in a unique experience & challenge. Launceston College students make a difference to the College and community through their activities. DofE is so highly valued by colleges, universities and employers it is ranked as the most important activity undertaken at school according to employers (ULT independent study).

Many of our DofE alumni have gone on to do varied things since leaving the College and gaining their DofE Award. Including; Bio-chemical Researcher, Builder, Doctor, Florist, Outdoor Education Instructor, Pilot, Physiotherapist, Teacher to name just a few.