Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, some changes were introduced to the DofE award, known as #DofEWithADifference, which you can find more about here > #DofEWithADifference
One of these changes was the introduction of the Certificate of Achievement (CoA). This is achieved when any participant enrolled since 1 June 2018, at any level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) has completed their Skills, Physical and Volunteering sections – but not completed their expedition and/or residential section due to the pandemic. FAQs about this can be found HERE
Enrolling participants who have completed their CoA and wish to progress to the next level have two options: -
- Use the temporary changes to complete a hybrid expedition. This means using their practice expedition at the higher level to complete their previous level's qualifying expedition (Provided all the relevant training and/or practice expedition has been completed). In this situation, leaders can use the ‘add level’ on the participant's account. To do this, go to their account and select 'Add Level' on the right-hand side:
Select the level you want to add and follow the pop up, adding the relevant information
If there are not any available participation places you will see an error code. If this happens, you or someone else in your DofE team will need to purchase more places
Once you are happy, and have the places available, you will click on 'Next' which should create the next level:
As you can see here, the new level is on the profile, and a green banner across the top confirms the level has been added:
***Please ensure you follow the instructions found here to make use of the hybrid expeditions > Rules for Adding a Hybrid Expedition***
2. Complete the Certificate of Achievement, but do not go on to complete their full Award at a later date because they are unable to count the practice expedition as their previous level's qualifying. In this situation, leaders will need to ‘create a new account’ for their next level. To create a new account, you can find instructions here> How do I create a participant on eDofE? – DofE (Please note that participant accounts cannot be merged in any way.)
Once the account is created-any adults who have a leader account and above are able to change a participant's timescales as long as they have the 'can adjust participant's enrolment and section dates' permission applied. You can adjust the timescales to ensure the participant benefits from the timescale changes available if they have completed the lower-level award. To do this, you'd have to open the participant's account and select the level you are trying to adjust the timescale for.
And select 'Change Dates':
Change from direct, to non-direct entrant, and select save, to update the timescales to reflect the participant has done the lower level.
N.B: Timescales cannot be changed if one or more sections have been approved. You would need to re-open the section, change the timescale and re-approve the section again.
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