Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is one of the most highly regarded extra-curricular qualifications by universities and employers. Reigate College is proud to hold an independent license and deliver a very successful award programme.

The DofE Gold Award is internationally recognised and upon completion you will have demonstrated great commitment, resilience, initiative and team work, alongside learning new skills, working independently and helping others. Such qualities are highly valued by employers and universities alike. 
The Gold Award is comprised of 5 sections:
  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skill: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK 
  • Residential: working and staying away from home doing a shared activity.
As a sixth form, we only offer the Gold award, which will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.  We aim to get the majority of the Award completed in the first year and the remainder before you leave Reigate College. You can partake without having done either Bronze or Silver, but we strongly encourage students to complete previous awards before enrolling on the Gold Award at College.
D of E final expedition, Snowdonia
On average we have 60 students enrol on the Gold Award in each year group and we have a dedicated Duke of Edinburgh team in college to train, support and encourage you the entire way. We have many local contacts and in-house opportunities that satisfy the requirements of the Physical, Volunteering and Skill sections, making your chances of success that much greater.

“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

On completion, you will be invited to St. James’ Palace in London to receive your award from a member of the Royal family.
We currently run our Practice Expeditions in the Brecon Beacons and our Qualifying Expeditions in Snowdonia.

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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