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    I am currently in year 10 doing my gcses. I regret not applying for dofe bronze (the deadline for application ended a few months ago). More than 90% of the people in my year in my school applied for it.
    I don’t really enjoy expeditions and campings since last summer in which I did several 5-night-expeditions, which I gained a lot of experience but I didn’t enjoy it a lot.
    Would doing dofe affect my academic results? And would it be beneficial to applying for a science-related degree for university?
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    (Original post by mp99)
    I am currently in year 10 doing my gcses. I regret not applying for dofe bronze (the deadline for application ended a few months ago).
    I don’t really enjoy expeditions and campings since last summer in which I did several 5-night-expeditions, which I gained a lot of experience but I didn’t enjoy it a lot.
    Would doing dofe affect my academic results? And would it be beneficial to applying for a science-related degree for university?
    No. No. /Thread

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    d of e wouldn't affect your academic results. while it can be beneficial it's not necessary to have done it to have a strong application.
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    DofE literally adds nothing.
    It's fun, if you're into it, Gold expedition was awesome.
    I didn't even list it on my Personal statement, and it was only briefly mentioned in reference.

    That being said, it doesn't look bad on CV and it's always useful for interviews as an example of problem-solving or teamwork etc. (Just used it in my IB interview "can you tell us a time where you suggested an improvement to an existing system).

    tl;dr no disadvantage by not doing it, but you will gain no advantage, either.
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    It doesn't add anything.
    Don't waste your time with head girl, ncs and so forth if you want to apply to top unis.
    Focus on olympiads and try to get a UKMT or arkwright scholarship if you're thinking of stem.
    As for arts, maybe try to get your work (poems/paintings) featured in a gallery or a site e.g London musuem (showcases a-level work) or acumen (literature).
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    I feel like work experiences, activites like learning an instrument, programming, online courses (MOOCs) or even volunteering and/or an EPQ are better options... I've also heard about this thing called LAMDA where you get a certificate in speech and drama and it helps with a few ucas points whereas, for things like dofe and ncs they don't help that much but show that you basically do stuff
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    (Original post by mp99)
    I am currently in year 10 doing my gcses. I regret not applying for dofe bronze (the deadline for application ended a few months ago). More than 90% of the people in my year in my school applied for it.
    I don’t really enjoy expeditions and campings since last summer in which I did several 5-night-expeditions, which I gained a lot of experience but I didn’t enjoy it a lot.
    Would doing dofe affect my academic results? And would it be beneficial to applying for a science-related degree for university?
    don't bother.

    University academics make fun of it at interview because of how common and typical it is now.
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    (Original post by mp99)
    More than 90% of the people in my year in my school applied for it.
    That's the point - it doesn't help you "stand out" by doing something that 90% are also doing.

    Do things if you enjoy them, not to pad out your personal statement.
 
 
 
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