Here at NPTC Group of Colleges, we have a large number of students participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Gold, Silver and Bronze level.



When committing to the award, students can expect:

  • Qualified Mountain Leaders to prepare students for their forthcoming expeditions supported by college staff at all levels.
  • The College provides all equipment in regards to tents, rucksacks, Trangia stoves and training using Memory Map in route card design for all expeditions.
  • The Award adventure starts by logging onto e-DofE, a web-based logbook with all experiences recorded.
  • The Award allows pupils to upload all their activities and information with a completed enrollment form.


What is a Duke of Edinburgh Award?

Aged 16-24 and at college or university? Do your DofE!

College or university is not just about lectures, assignments, and exams. It’s also about making friends, trying new experiences, being active and healthy or pursuing an interest or activity. The DofE takes you into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences.


The benefits of Duke of Edinburgh

You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups and have a brilliant time in doing it. It gives you the added benefit of gaining a competitive edge as employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help open the right doors for you.

In addition, many of these skills can be applied to your studies as well as your personal and social development.


Levels and timescales – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

There are three programme levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.



The DofE endeavours to keep your costs down so the current Welcome Pack, which includes the participation fee, is £21 for the Bronze Award, £21 for Silver and £28 for Gold.

Besides, everyone receives a DofE Card to get discounts on things such as kits and expeditions.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, making it flexible around academic study, hobbies and social lives.

As a result, development and regular progress must be shown and all activities completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.