The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is an extremely popular achievement award for young people in the UK. Every year over 300,000 young people are involved with the DofE, and take part in volunteering, go on expeditions, try out new sport or fitness activities, and develop their skills.
CREST are delighted to be working together with the DofE, meaning spending time completing a CREST Award can now count towards the ‘Skills’ section for a DofE Award. This section of the Award aims to inspire young people to develop practical skills, and personal interests. 74% of DofE participants reported that the programme encouraged them to try activities they would never have tried before. We’re delighted to be working together with the DofE to bring science skills to the fore, and help a new generation to build their investigative and problem-solving skills.
How CREST and the DofE fit together
Both CREST and the DofE have Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, and the two levels correspond, so for example spending time working on your Bronze CREST Award can now count for your Bronze DofE Skills Section. If the main part of your CREST project will be carried out over a short period of time (for example by completing a work experience placement) you will need to read our guide on making sure your CREST Award counts for your DofE Skills section.
If you’re currently doing, or have recently completed your CREST Award
- If you’re doing your DofE Award, tell your DofE Leader that you have a CREST Award, and ask whether they are happy for this to count towards your DofE Award.
- If you aren’t yet doing your DofE Award, but are interested in doing so, speak to your head of year, to check if your school runs the DofE. You can also find other local organisations who run the DofE scheme using their website – many youth groups such as Scouts, Guides and Air Cadets run the Award too.
If you’re doing your DofE Award
- At school: why not check with your Award Leader whether the school also runs CREST Awards – that way you may be able to start CREST and count it towards your DofE skill section.
- If you aren’t doing the Award through school – your science teacher may still be able to help you do a CREST Award, or if you’re completing DofE through a youth group like the scouts or cadets, why not speak to them and see if they may be interested in starting running the CREST Awards. We’ve got some more information about suggested projects and have local contacts who help coordinate CREST projects that can help them run the scheme. For more information about getting started with CREST, get in touch with a local coordinator.