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Guidance for young people on The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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The Surrey Duke of Edinburgh's Award licence restricts the County Council's involvement with young people who want to undertake the Award to those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), currently attending a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school or belong to a bone fide community or youth organisation that does not have its own DofE licence.

If you are aged at least 14 and attend a SEN school or college or belong to a community or youth organisation then undertaking your DofE through this route with Surrey County Council is for you! 

If you are aged over 16 and currently not in education, employment or training (NEET)  and don't belong to a registered youth or community group offering DofE - eg Scouts, Guides, etc. there is also the opportunity to undertake your DofE  through our Independent DofE (i-DofE) scheme. For more information, please open and read the i-DofE Guide below, and follow the instructions in it. Please note that i-DofE by its very nature means that you will be participating largely on your own initiative.

If  you currently attend a mainstream Surrey school, FE college, university or are in employment, then Surrey DofE is not  available to you as we would expect you to undertake your Award through your school or college; alternatively if you are aged 18 or over, you can do DofE at Gold level through DofE Direct.

For further information and guidance please contact the office:

  • Surrey County Council Youth Support Service DofE Team, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • Tel: 01483 519430
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