Sixth Form DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, known as DofE, is the world’s leading youth achievement award. For more than 60 years DofE has inspired young people to take on physical challenges, develop life skills and commit to voluntary work. DofE is part of life at Sidcot with hundreds of students taking part in either the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards each year.

The DofE is a flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work and is highly valued by universities and employers. For each award, participants must complete activities in four sections: volunteering, physical, skill and expedition.

At Sidcot we have a dedicated team to support students through the 3 awards, providing advice and guidance across all areas. The Sixth Form is when those students who have completed the Bronze and Silver award have the opportunity to undertake the highly regarded Gold award.

Below are some quotes from employers which outline the value of the award scheme.


The DofE Award is well recognised for marking out young people with the determination to take on challenges that push their limits and learn from the inevitable setbacks along the way. But above everything it's about learning to work with, and understand, people of all backgrounds and as a team. That's why M&S values people who achieve DofE Awards.
Robert Swannell - Chairman, Marks & Spencer Group plc
The DofE is a fantastic Charity that quips young people from all backgrounds with the essential professional skills such as leadership and teamwork.
Eileen Naughton - MO, UK & Ireland, Google
One of the greatest services we can do for our young people is to give them the skills and the confidence needed to enter an increasingly competitive and complex work environment. I applaud the DofE on the contribution it has made to this endeavour over the last 60 years.
Paul Polman - CEO, Unilever