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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)

There are many routes to access the DofE in Dorset.

To find out the steps to achieve an Award, visit the DofE website (opens in a new window).

Dorset Independents - a Virtual Gold Group

The Dorset Independent Award group specialises in providing the DofE Gold Award in a virtual environment. This is a popular way to manage and support an Award group.

Young people can get an online account to:

  • communicate with others
  • get on with tasks they've set themselves to achieve their Gold Award

As it's online they can access the account anywhere.

Membership is open to any young person aged between 16 and 23 years. You don't need any previous Award experience to join our group. You can transfer to us if you have already started the Gold Award with another Award Group.

There are no registration deadlines or membership caps so you can join us at any time. To find out more and how to join Dorset Independents, visit Going for Gold (opens in a new window).

Open Award Centres (OACs)

Young people aged 14-24 can access the Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Award in many locations in Dorset. The following Open Award Centres and education providers can offer DofE through the licence held by DCC. All staff are DBS checked and have appropriate qualifications to deliver the expedition section. The Award is only offered at the level indicated and may only be available for specific year groups due to curriculum pressures.


OACs are run by volunteers. However they are approved and trained to deliver DofE through the licence held by DCC.

Open Award CentreAward levels offeredMeetingsMore information
Christchurch - Somerford Youth Centre, BH23 3AHBronze, Silver and GoldWednesday eveningsFind out more about the Christchurch Awards Centre (opens in a new window).
Corfe Mullen - Corfe Coffee BH21 3LABronze, Silver and GoldMonday eveningsContact Nigel Christopher
East Dorset - West Moors Youth Centre, BH22 0DYGoldWednesday eveningsFind out more about East Dorset's Award Centre (opens in a new window).
Gillingham - Gillingham Youth Centre - BONES, SP8 4AZBronze, Silver and GoldTuesday eveningsFind out more about Gillingham's Award Centre (opens in a new window).
Purbeck - Wareham Youth Centre, BH20 4PHBronze, Silver and GoldFirst and third Sundays


Swanage - The Centre, Chapel Lane, Swanage

(temporary relocation)

Bronze, Silver and GoldFirst and third Tuesday eveningsContact

Schools, academies and colleges

Schools, academies and collegesAward levels offered
All Saints CE School, WeymouthBronze
Beaminster SchoolBronze
Beaucroft Foundation School (SEN), WimborneBronze
Blandford SchoolBronze and Silver
Budmouth College, WeymouthBronze, Silver and Gold
Dorset IndependentsGold
Dorset Studio School, DorchesterBronze
Ferndown Upper SchoolBronze
Gryphon School, SherborneBronze, Silver and Gold
Highcliffe School, ChristchurchBronze and Silver
Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, PortlandCurrently not running any awards
Lytchett Minster SchoolBronze and Silver
Mountjoy School, BeaminsterBronze
Queen Elizabeth's School, WimborneBronze, Silver and Gold
Shaftesbury SchoolSilver
Sir John Colfox School, BridportBronze, Gold
Thomas Hardye School, DorchesterBronze and Silver
Twynham School, ChristchurchBronze
Westfield Arts College (SEN), WeymouthBronze
Wey Valley School, WeymouthBronze, Silver and Gold
Woodroffe School, Lyme RegisBronze, Silver and Gold

Independent schools

Independent schoolsAward levels offered
Leweston, SherborneBronze, Silver and Gold
Milton AbbeyBronze, Silver and Gold
Sherborne GirlsBronze, Silver and Gold
Sherborne BoysBronze, Silver and Gold
Sherborne InternationalBronze

To find out more about DofE in Dorset, or to get contact details for each provider, contact the DofE Manager.

SchoolAward levels offered

If you're an independent school or an academy, DCC insurance does not cover your school for all DofE activity. You will need to ensure that your own cover arranged by the school includes this activity. DCC only holds insurance to cover its own liabilities.

Further information

See the DofE website (opens in a new window):

  • for further advice on insurance
  • to see what cover each organisation requires
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