Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The prestigious and internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is valued by universitities and employers alike.  As an independent DofE licence-holder, the College offers the Gold Award -  a highly sought after extra-curricular qualification, that complements students' academic studies.

Students who achieve the Gold Award demonstrate a range of qualities including commitment, resilience, initiative and the ability to work both independently and as a team, while learning new skills and supporting others.


The Gold Award includes five sections:
  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness 
  • Skill: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of a 4 day, 3 night adventurous journey in the UK 
  • Residential: working and staying away from home for 5 days and 4 nights, doing a shared activity
Insider information:
  • The College only offers the DofE Gold Award, which typically takes students between 12 and 18 months to complete. 
  • Students don't need to have completed the DofE Bronze of Silver Awards in order to enrol on the Gold Award, although students are encouraged to do so, before starting at College. 
  • The majority of students aim to complete as much of the Gold Award as possible in their Lower Sixth and finish it off in their Upper Sixth.  
  • The Practice Expedition currently takes place in the Brecon Beacons and the Qualifying Expedition of 4 days and 3 nights in Snowdonia.
  • Students who complete the award are invited to St James's Palace in London, to receive their award from a member of the Royal Family.
D of E final expedition, Snowdonia
  • Around 60 students enrol on the Dof E Gold Award from each Reigate College year group.
  • A dedicated DofE team of staff is responsibile for training, supporting and encouraging students through the award.
  • The College has many local contacts and in-house opportunities that satisfy the requirements of the Physical, Volunteering and Skill sections, which makes students' chances of success extremely high.
  • The cost of taking part is around £500.

“I signed up for Gold DofE because I knew it would look good on my CV, but it turned out to be so much more. The highlights for me were the tremendous feeling of achievement after finishing the final day of walking and the friendships I built with people I wouldn’t otherwise have met.” Olivia Fernandez


Take a look at the College's video about the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award:

Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award at Reigate College
Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award
July 2014

More information

For more information please visit www.dofe.org or contact the Reigate College DofE Manager, Piers Cox:
T: 01737 221118 extn 413

Download the DofE information leaflet

See our DofE photo galleries

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