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Start dates and locations

Where do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) sessions take place

We deliver our DofE Award programme from eight Open Award Centres within Essex. Please select your nearest location to view the day and time of the DofE sessions: 

At each location we run the three progressive award levels. You can register for:

Our sessions focus on on expedition planning and training. In addition to this, we support you with the physical, skills and volunteering sections of the award which you complete independently.

When do the DofE sessions start?

Our next DofE sessions start in November 2017.

Once you have registered a place on the award, you will be contacted by your centres’ Team Leader with your start date and time.

What is the latest date I can register for the award?

You can register a place on the DofE award at any point throughout the year. However, in order to complete the expeditions with Essex County Council in 2018 you need to register by 31 January 2018.

Please note: Our core DofE programme starts in November 2017 and you may be required to attend additional catch-up training sessions.

If you register after 31 January 2018, you will be required to complete your expedition training, practice and qualifying expedition with an external expedition provider. Alternatively, you may choose to defer the expedition section of your award until spring/summer 2019, when you can join the next round of our Essex County Council run expeditions.

Information evenings

We are running DofE Information evenings at each of our Open Award Centres.

Come along to find out more about the DofE Award. Our qualified expedition leaders are on hand to answer any questions. No need to book.

Our next Information evenings are taking place on the following dates. Please select a location to view the address details.

Our centres

  • Braintree, Thursday 16 November 7.30pm, Thursday 18 January 7.30pm
  • Brentwood, Monday 13 November 6.15pm, Monday 15 January 6.15pm
  • Chelmsford, (Bronze Award), Wednesday 15 November 7.30pm, Wednesday 17 January 7.30pm
  • Chelmsford, (Silver and Gold Award), Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm, Tuesday 16 January 7.30pm
  • Colchester, Monday 13 November 7.30pm, Monday 15 January 7.30pm
  • Hadleigh, Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm, Tuesday 16 January 7.30pm
  • Harlow, Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm, Tuesday 16 January 7.30pm
  • Loughton, Monday 13 November 7.30pm, Monday 15 January 7.30pm