College licensed to run DofE courses

From left: Paul Coates (Luton Sixth Form College DofE manager), Phil Brown (DofE regional director),'Marc Hulbert (Luton Sixth Form College director of teaching and learning, and DofE leader)
From left: Paul Coates (Luton Sixth Form College DofE manager), Phil Brown (DofE regional director),'Marc Hulbert (Luton Sixth Form College director of teaching and learning, and DofE leader)

Luton Sixth Form College is now licensed to deliver Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes to young people.

Staff from the college attended a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London last month where they were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) licence.

As a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC), the college now receives direct support from the DofE Central England Regional Office.

Director of teaching and learning at the college Marc Hulbert said: “Becoming a DLC gives us the autonomy to deliver the DofE in the way that we think will be best for our students.

“It means we can continue offering an award that brings such value to young people’s lives. They learn skills like leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and resilience, and it gives them such confidence.

“All of these skills are so valued by universities and employers.”

Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can start a DofE programme at one of three levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Luton Sixth Form College has provided the opportunity for students to achieve their DofE Awards for more than 10 years, with hundreds of young people doing so in that time.