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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, are looked after by the Authority (Young People in Care), Asylum Seekers 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 or are in care, then undertaking your DofE through this route with Surrey County Council is for you!

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 Family Services DofE Team, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
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