Starting your DofE programme

Once you receive your Welcome Pack and eDofE account you need to log on to eDofE and fill in your personal details. Your DofE Leader will answer any queries (usually a teacher, youth leader etc, this is the person who is in charge of running your DofE group).

If you are not part of a group and are doing your DofE programme on your own, you should make contact with your Licensed Organisation to identify a DofE Leader who you can contact for advice and answer your questions.

How do I choose activities?

You will need to decide how long you want to do each section for to meet the DofE’s basic time requirements. You can then decide on your choice of activity for each section and develop a programme. You must then find an Assessor and possibly a Supervisor for each section. Find out more about choosing activities hereRemember, when completing each section of your DofE, you should develop a programme which is specific and relevant to you – the possibilities are endless! We have activity ideas listed on the DofE website and in eDofE, which you could do, or just use these ideas as a starting point to create a programme of your own.Once you’ve decided what you want to do, use our programme planners or on eDofE to work with your Leader to plan your activity. Download the Programme Planners from the sectional pages, starting from here. Sometimes you may need additional input from an experienced/ skilled person who understands your activity.
Remember, with any activity you will need to:

  • make sure you have had health and safety training necessary
  • set yourselves goals which are challenging and achievable
  • find someone to support and assess you and let your Assessor know what your goals are
  • improve existing skills/gain new talents
  • collect evidence to show your progress.

What do I do if I can’t find the activity I am looking for?

Are you looking under the correct section? Check out the handy list here – they’re listed by types of activity.
If you can’t find an activity under eDofE or on this website then look for it under a different name (e.g. shooting is actually under the name marksmanship, gym work would come under fitness activities).

What if I want to do an activity which is not listed?
If the activity is not listed anywhere on this website, then speak to your DofE Leader to discuss it. You must have permission from them before you start doing your activity.

Residential (Gold only) – If you have an idea for a residential and you are checking to see if it would be permitted, then you should get approval from your DofE Leader/Co-ordinator and Licensed Organisation.

How long do I have to do activities for?
Look in your eDofE account for the timescales or view timescales by each level here to see how long you need to do each section for and you can then decide which one you wish to work on for a shorter or longer period.
The DofE’s not about a quick burst of enthusiasm – you can’t just do your activities over just a few days/weeks. You’ll need to do each activity regularly over the required number of months.

Useful note: You cannot total up the hours so it adds up to the months required. To successfully complete your DofE programme we check your hours spread over the period of months.

As a DofE Leader, how do I check that the programme activity meets DofE criteria?
Use the handy one page Leader’s checklist to do this, along with The Handbook for DofE Leaders (sixth edition).

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