Why do your DofE?
Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!
Then there’s all the other stuff…
…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
…you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
…you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!
Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and team work. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice, so make sure you include your DofE Awards in your personal statement. Read what others have to say on the subject…
- Read the article in The Guardian (February 2016) which recommends including your DofE experiences on your CV.
- See the review of the January 2015 report on the value of extra-curricular activities in the Times Educational Supplement…
- Read World challenge’s 2015 report on the value of Extra-curricular activities, like the DofE, here…..
- Read what The Independent newspaper says about the value of the DofE on job and university applications here (January 2013).
- Read what the Telegraph newspaper said about the value of achieving a DofE Award (published 26 August 2011)
Activities before higher education
Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There’s so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:
- clubs, societies and employment in your local area
- higher education taster courses
- science, technology, engineering and maths activities
- skills development – e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise etc.
- accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education
Check out some video clips of news stories on the BBC which say how useful a DofE Award can be…
Enter the DofE LifeZone
UCAS personal statements
Loads of universities and colleges really rate having a DofE Award highly, so remember to include it on your Personal Statement. Don’t believe us? Check out what others have to say on this subject…
Apply to Uni website – many of the example personal statements mention DofE
UCAS Website (see ‘activities before higher education’ section)