Direct to non-direct entrants
As per the DofE programme rules, a participant can embark on the next Award level when they have:
- completed at least one section (and had this approved by a Leader)
- reached the minimum age requirements for the next level.
If a participant starts their next level before they have fully completed the lower level (i.e. start Silver before Bronze has been completely finished), they will be added as a direct entrant. As a direct entrant, participants are required to complete an additional six months of either the Volunteering section or the longer of the Physical or Skills section.
However, in light of the temporary changes, if a Bronze or Silver participant has completed their Skills, Physical and Volunteering sections – achieving the DofE Certificate of Achievement – any adult with the “Can adjust participant's enrolment and section dates” permission allowed can switch a participant from a direct to non-direct entrant when they start the next Award level. You can find out how to do this here.