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DofE and coronavirus

We recognise that this is a worrying time for everyone, and you may be concerned about how you will continue your DofE and achieve your Award, amongst many other things.

If you can, it’s important to stay healthy and active during this time and continuing with your DofE activities can help with this – even if you’re not attending your usual meetings.

As your usual activities may be cancelled, below is some advice and Q&As to help you continue with your programme. However, please remember that all activities must still be approved by your DofE Leader, and that your parents/carers/guardians (if under-18) are happy for you to do them.

You may also decide to take a break from your activities and pick them up again later on, and that is fine too. Don’t forget: you’ve got until you’re 25 to achieve your Award, and if you’re near your 25th birthday please speak to your DofE Leader about an age extension.

Contact your Assessor for each section for ideas on how you can continue your activity away from your usual sessions, or at home.

Also, remember that you are able to change your activity if you can no longer continue your current one, but you will need to get approval from your DofE Leader first. To do this, simply change the activity on your eDofE account and submit it to your Leader for approval. However, you must also ensure you get a report from the Assessor of your current activity to record what you have done so far, and then find an Assessor who can sign off your new activity.

Download our simple flowchart which helps to explain this process.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike. It promotes personal development through participation in an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding format. RGS is proud to have successfully delivered the DofE to its pupils for many years. We have held an Independent Operating Authority License from the launch and became a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) in June 2016.

RGS participants have the opportunity to progress through all levels of the award, learning and developing new skills along the way. Each level of the award has four sections to complete, Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition. There is an additional section for Gold participants to complete, which is a one week Residential.

Pupils commence their awards as shown below:


Bronze – Year 9 
Silver – Year 10 & 11
Gold – Year 12 & 13

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in participation and completion numbers across all levels. Participants who complete the Gold Award are invited to a certificate presentation at St James’ Palace, London.

Gold Residential Information

For your Residential section you need to undertake a shared activity or specific course with people you don’t know, in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment. Evenings are often as much a part of the experience as daytime activities.

This section offers a high degree of flexibility but it must be done with an organised group, registered charity or Approved Activity Provider. You must join it individually and not with an existing group of friends or as part of a school or youth group trip. You will be staying away – anything from an activity centre or camp to a boat or barge – but you cannot stay with friends or relatives.

You must ensure that your chosen activity will count towards your DofE.  Check out the information below for guidance.  You can choose to attend any residential activity as long as it meets the DofE’s requirements and is approved by your Leader and Licensed Organisation.


Expeditions at all levels are organised by RGS and are undertaken in the Chiltern area at Bronze level and the Brecon Beacons at Silver and Gold level.

DofE App 

If you’re a participant undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you are able to download the DofE app to start, manage and complete your programme. This is a convenient way to update eDofE as well as upload evidence and Assessors Reports. Available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

How to use the DofE App - YouTube 
DofE App FAQs 

If you would like further information about DofE, please call Mr Clatworthy on 01494 551404.  Follow us on Twitter @RGSHW DofE

Useful Information

Expedition Information