The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is considered by many to be the worlds leading achievement award for young people that aims to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.

The Gold Level Award is the ultimate DofE challenge; achievement is widely valued by employers and educational establishments alike. It makes a significant difference on your CV or UCAS application and gives you something interesting to talk about when you go for an interview.
You will have the chance to make new friends, develop new or existing skills and interests, get fit and build your self-confidence.

You can start any time after your 16th birthday but you must complete by your 25th birthday. The minimum time required to complete the Gold Award is 12 months if you have completed your Silver level Award and 18 months if you have not.

Award Sections

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in five sections:

In each section there are a vast number of things you could choose to do, something you already enjoy doing and want to discover more about and reach a higher standard, or you could choose something new. If you are having trouble thinking of what you want to do for each section please download PL02 Programme Ideas from the documents section of our website, this provides a list of activities you may wish to undertake.

You need to undertake the Volunteering section for 12 months, and the Physical and Skill for either 6 or 12 months. If you are a direct entrant to Gold Level (i.e. you don’t hold a Silver Award) then you must undertake and additional 6 months to either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skill section. Each section requires a time commitment of at least 1 hour per week.

You also need to undertake a 4 day/3 night Expedition and 5 day/4 night Residential Project.

Canterbury Gold organises Expeditions and Residential Projects to Southern Africa and the Cevennes Region of the Massif Central in France. For information on these please visit the Fancy an Adventure section of our website.

More information about the Award can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh’s website:


No two Awards are the same, in each section YOU choose, from hundreds of options, what you want to do.