What is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is open to anyone aged between 14 and 24. The Award is a great opportunity to build the skills you will require in the future.

RGU:Union will be offering two levels of the Award – Silver and Gold (for those with no DofE experience, direct entry to both levels is possible!). Both levels of the Award have four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skill and the Expedition. For your Gold Award, you will also have an extra component – the Residential Section.

RGU:Union has recently joined other Higher Education institutions in Scotland and now offer the Award to all students within the age category!


The Award

Volunteering - Give your time and skills to your local community, people in need, or a national campaign. Volunteering must be undertaken in a not-for-profit organisation or charity, and must be done for at least one hour per week.

Physical - Join a sports club, train for a marathon, swim, jog or cycle your way to fitness! You must do your physical activity for at least one hour per week.

Skills - Always wanted to play guitar or learn a language? Passionate about conservation? Interested in photography? The skills section covers such range of activity there's sure to be something you enjoy. You must do your skill for at least one hour per week.

Expedition - You will plan and carry out an outdoor expedition with a small group of other participants and led by our Expedition Supervisor. The expedition is a fantastic personal challenge that will really test you.

Residential (Gold only) - Snowboarding camp? Volunteering at a Scout jamboree? Learning survival skills in a bushcraft residential? Going on a sailing trip around the UK? The Residential is 5 days and 4 nights doing a shared activity with a group of strangers away from home.



Silver Award (If already registered with eDofE at this level) - £6
Silver Award (If not already registered with eDofE at this level) - £26
Gold Award (If already registered with eDofE at this level) - £6
Gold Award (If not already registered with eDofE at this level) - £33

Please note that there may be one further additional payment required at the expedition stage. Please get in touch with us for more details.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more information about how you can get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award while studying at RGU, get in touch with us by emailing dofe@rguunion.co.uk or drop into the Union office on Union Way and speak to our DofE Co-ordinator.

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