10 reasons to finish your Duke of Edinburgh Award

1. Achievement

Completing your DofE Award is a great achievement, with a self-satisfying "I did it!" Although the award requires a lot of effort, time and dedication, it's well worth it. If you have already started your award don't waste the hard work you have already put in. If most sections have been started or completed prior, they might only need signing off.


2. It's easy to transfer your award to UPSU and get sections signed off.

Sign up online and we will transfer you over and meet with you to help you complete your award.


3. Enhance your CV

Finding employment is difficult. There is so much competition for one job. Having the DofE Award on your CV might just give you the edge over other applicants. Employers highly respect the Award. It demonstrates a rounded, confident individual who can work independently and as part of a team. The award will give you an extra step ahead for the chance of success.

4. You have until you are 25

You have time to balance your studies and completing your DofE.

5. Make new friends

DofE is an excellent way to meet new people and make new friends. 
Working together in the wilderness on your expedition forms new bonds and great memories. Through volunteering, you meet many different people in a working environment, which prepares you for the working world.

6. Supporters of DofE

Many businesses believe in DofE Award holders, supporters include large UK businesses such as Amey, British Gas, Royal Mail, ao.com and DFS, that feature exclusive careers advice and information.  As DofE supporters they’re committed to the development of young people and truly believe in the work-ready skills DofE Award holders have to offer.  A Gold DofE Award holds a lot of value. 100 top employers in the UK stated that they recognise the value of a DofE Award and want DofE alumni in their companies.

7. Try new activities

You can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.  It’s a great opportunity to try new activities or start taking part again.

8. Increase your employability

You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups and have a brilliant time 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. Many of the skills you gain can be applied to your studies as well as your personal and social development.

9. You are doing activities already

If you are a member of a society, volunteer or participate in physical activity you are already ticking off sections of the Award.

10. Invite to St James Palace

Achieving your Gold Award is a big deal. It shows that you have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed. So it’s only right that you get a proper celebration of your achievement. You’ll receive your Award in the presence of a member of the Royal Family – it’s a great day out!