Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Have you heard of the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. The air training corps is the largest and cheapest organisation to do your DofE awards with. supporting anyone of age to start their award (starting at the age 14). However at 163 (Coventry Phoenix) Squadron we offer an opportunity for the cadets to part-take in initial expedition training to help them get a feel for what would be required of them during the Bronze award from age 13.


Duke of Edinburgh awards can be completed by anyone who has a thirst for adventure and a challenge. Holding a mission to inspire, guide and support young people in the self-development. Within the Duke of edinburgh Award there are three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold)


To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.

We're proud to be the DofE Award's largest participant.


Taking it to the next level

If you're 14 or over, then you can begin - just ask the instructors in your squadron and they'll help you get started. For more information now on everything DofE, follow any of the links on this page to visit their official website. 


There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. And it's never too late to get in on the action - depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level!

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold:

  • Volunteering - Get involved providing services to individuals or the community and make a difference to other people's lives
  • Physical - Get active and improve your skills and fitness in sport, dance or other physical activities - it's your choice
  • Skills - Find new interests and get new talents (or perfect existing ones), with increased practical and social skills
  • Expedition - Get outdoors and plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad - an unbeatable experience
  • Residential - Only at Gold level. Getting to the Gold level is a big deal and this last stage could see you going to another country, sharing tasks and activities with people you've never met. It'll test your mettle, and set you up for what life throws at you in the future

Go for Gold!

It's not a walk in the park. You'll get your DofE Award through persistence and commitment - but as an Air Cadet you'll already know all about that. Over time you'll develop personally and welcome each new challenge. At the end of it all you'll have the world’s leading achievement award for young people under your belt, recognised by employers and universities alike.

But there's one person who'll truly appreciate that achievement the most - you.

For more information visit http://www.dofe.org/.


Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


163 Squadron

Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Catswell House

TA Centre Canley



Tel: 02476854929 (19.00-22.00 Monday's and Tuesday's)

E-mail: oc.163@aircadets.org


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