Duke of Edinburgh's Award


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an important and popular part of Lancing’s co-curricular programme. The College is proud to continue running its own independent licence, which it has held since 1963.

A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to Lancing pupils, beginning in the Fourth Form. The programme builds self-confidence, self-discipline and resilience in young people and also enables them to develop vital leadership, team and collaboration skills.

The design of the Lancing DofE within the College timetable also enables pupils to flexibility integrate and develop a wide variety of new skills and experiences.

The benefits of DofE don’t end when an award is achieved: it is an asset in university applications and its life changing experiences last well beyond Lancing.

About the Lancing DofE Programme

DofE becomes an option at the end of the Third Form when pupils take part in the 'Third Form Challenge' which consists of an expedition lasting over two days and one night. After the Challenge, pupils must choose between DofE, CCF or Explorer Scouts as 'service' options in the College timetable for the Fourth Form.

The structure of the DofE and the breadth of the Lancing co-curricular programme allow pupils to really tailor their own activities within the four sections of the award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and the Expedition.

For each section pupils can choose what they want to do, as long as it is suitable. DofE leaders at Lancing will give directions on what is suitable and can be used towards achieving the award. 

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives for both day and boarding pupils. Development and regular progress must be shown.

Duke of Edinburgh's at Lancing College is about promoting self-initiative, drive, resilience and also collaborative work with other students, who perhaps they wouldn’t ordinarily work with, which is fantastic and enriching.