Duke of Edinburgh

We offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award and a wide range of additional learning opportunities here at North Lindsey College, all designed to let you try something new, improve your employability skills, have fun and make new friends.

In 2018 North Lindsey College were recognised as a top performing FE provider of Duke of Edinburgh's Award opportunities.

We offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award, there are three levels of programme you can do – bronze, silver and gold award.

The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has been running for nearly 70 years and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. The DofE offers invaluable experiences from volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions.

In 2017/2018 more people in the UK than ever before improved their life and work prospects by achieving a DofE Award, and we’re proud to say that North Lindsey College’s participation rate in 2018 was one of the highest nationally.

“2018 was the first year NLC delivered the DofE, exceeding the expectation of the college and North Lincolnshire!”

Stacey Blackwell, Student Activity Coordinator

Danielle O’Toole

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a good chance to get to know some new people and take you out of your comfort zone. You would definitely enjoy this if you took part in it! It took me out of my comfort zone but it gave me a chance to get involved in something new

Neil Forrest, Duke of Edinburgh, Operations Manager

The operational team in the Eastern locality of the North of England region have worked closely with the College, not only to train staff but also to help enrol Bronze Award participants on the programmes recording system, eDofE. Following a successful application to the DofE’s Diamond Fund, students are being supported by resources to help them achieve their Bronze Award. With dedication from the College and support of newly trained staff it is hoped to give more young people a boost to help them achieve their DofE and develop their self-confidence.


In addition to the DofE, every Wednesday students can access our enrichment afternoon, offering activities including job search, dance, sport, table tennis, soft archery and board games. We also have trips throughout the year for example; The Deep, Hepworth Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Go-karting, Alton Towers, Air Kings, Paintballing, university open days, National Holocaust Centre, Donnington Park and Donna Nook Nature Reserve.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Work experience opportunities
  • Employer talks
  • Annual progression week
  • Careers and progression fair
  • Student association
  • Student ambassadors
  • Talent shows
  • Apprenticeship award ceremony
  • Further Education award ceremony
  • Freshers’ Week
  • Leadership opportunities using our confidence course

DofE participation and success demonstrates what NLC does really well.

Emma Buttrick, Programme Tutor