Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different - that's the fun of it!
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!
Then there’s all the other stuff…
…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
...you're getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
...you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
And above all, it's a great laugh - the question should really be why wouldn't you bother!
Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and team work. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice, so make sure you include your DofE Awards in your personal statement. Read what others have to say on the subject...
See how having a DofE Award can improve your chances of getting a job or university place...
Activities before higher education
Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There's so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:
- clubs, societies and employment in your local area
- higher education taster courses
- science, technology, engineering and maths activities
- skills development – e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise etc.
- accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education
Check out some video clips of news stories on the BBC which say how useful a DofE Award can be...