Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to all young people aged 14-24. You can do a DofE award at one of three progressive levels Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Duke of Edinburgh group

What's the DofE?

DofE is the number one world youth leadership programme. You will have the chance to:

  • set and achieve goals
  • take part in fun activities
  • make new friends
  • volunteer in your local community
  • learn new skills
  • improve skills, i.e. communication, teamwork, leadership, decision making, , and problem solving.
  • complete an adventurous journey over 2, 3 and 4 days

Each level of the Award has the following sections:

  • volunteering
  • skills
  • physical recreation
  • expeditions
  • residential (gold only)

Award levels


You need to be at least 14 to do this award. It takes at least 6 months.


You need to be at least 15 to do this award. It takes at least 12 months.


You need to be at least 16 to do this award. It takes at least 18 months and also includes a residential project.

How do I get involved?

The DofE Award is available through all our high schools, but you can also take part outside school through the EastRen Open group.

DofE award timetable

All East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) high schoolsAll ERC high schoolsVariousVarious
EastRen Open DofE GroupVocational wing, Barrhead High SchoolTuesday 7pm to 9pm


Last modified on 12 April 2023