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Universities are more interested in people who have done interesting stuff outside school and without their school's help. Work in a charity shop, do some social volunteering, train for a 5k Run etc - you can organise and do all this sort of stuff yourself and it actually makes you look more mature and outgoing if you haven't done this a part of DoE. Having stuff handed to you on a plate doesn't show very much about you - just that your school told you to do DoE.

Just remember that you shouldn't just 'list' this sort of stuff - you need to explain why you did it and what you got out of it, ie. training for a 5k shows determination, working to a goal/deadline, a sense of achievement/pleasure when you did it plus an understanding of community/social responsibility etc etc
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If you like the idea of it, then go for it!

It might not be much in itself, but it would help if you can do subject related volunteering and skills. The expedition is a laugh as well
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I think it would probably help more in some courses than others eg. if you are getting an interview, it could be a good thing to talk about?
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This is the best answer by far in this thread, but I can also tell you that the DofE is considered the best non-academic qualification for University applications and for jobs in the future. Have a look at the DofE's own website at the companies, colleges and universities that endorse it as part of their Skills for Work campaign. More importantly it will stand you in good stead for life.
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(Original post by Kraka)
This is the best answer by far in this thread, but I can also tell you that the DofE is considered the best non-academic qualification for University applications and for jobs in the future. Have a look at the DofE's own website at the companies, colleges and universities that endorse it as part of their Skills for Work campaign. More importantly it will stand you in good stead for life.
Do you believe everything that a company tells you about their products?

DofE is not highly regarded by universities and is far from the best non academic qualification for the vast majority of applicants. There's almost always something available that would be more subject relevant (even if non academic) than DofE.

Find me a university that states clearly on their website that DofE is desirable in applicants and would directly increase the chances of receiving an offer.
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Personally I think it's a waste of time. Universities don't care too much about this "award". Might help you write something nice at the end of your P.S but that's about it really...Not worth dedicating 18months to.
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That's not entirely true as universities are very competitive and you can focus on your subject as hard as you can and get great grades but so will hundreds of other applicants, it's always good to boost your CV because it shows that you're well rounded, but yeah, you shouldn't do it only for your CV, you should actually want to for other reasons.
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