Duke of Edindurgh


At a time when entry to universities and the workplace is becoming more and more competitive, you'll need more than just good grades to achieve your ambitions.

Employers and admissions tutors are looking for qualified people with extra qualities - the non-academic achievements that show they have a positive attitude, are self-motivated, adaptable and have skills in problem solving, teamwork, and communication.

That’s why for the past 5 years the sixth form has been committed to providing all 3 Levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme - Bronze, Silver and Gold - at heavily subsidised costs. The College is so committed to the Award programme that we offer participation at Bronze level free to any student wanting to sign up.

As a fully licensed DofE centre, we have seen over 960 students successfully complete the expedition section of the Award and a 99.9% pass rate on all 3 levels.


Why do the DofE?

The DofE is more than just a qualification. Everyone gets different things out of their award because you get to choose the activities you follow in most of the sections and you set the goals you want to reach. In following a DofE programme you'll challenge yourself, enjoy loads of new experiences and discover talents you never thought you had.

Anyone can take part. You do not need any experience or special qualifications, just a willingness to have a go.

Students who achieve the award demonstrate persistence, resilience, commitment and personal development over a period of time.  The Award is the world’s leading programme for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike.  In highlighting the activities you have undertaken as part of your DofE programme on your UCAS or college application form, you are telling the institution that you have an ambitious and positive attitude as well as a wide range of interests.

What will you get from it?

When a student completes the DofE programme they'll develop the skills and abilities they need to become more rounded, confident adults. They will see all kinds of new talents emerge as they achieve their Award including:


Self-belief and self-confidence

A sense of identity and initiative

A sense of responsibility

A real awareness of personal strengths

New talents and abilities

The ability to plan and use time

The ability to learn from and give to others in a community or group

New friendships formed

Problem solving, presentation and communication skills

Leadership and team-working skills



Many top universities are now looking for so much more than good grades and extra-curricular activities:  they are interested in young people who can demonstrate a genuine and committed interest in and around their chosen area of study.


IS THAT YOU?  If so, contact Jane Venn  (j.venn@rainesfoundation.org.uk)