http://www.dofe.org/skills
 
 
 
 
 

Programme ideas: Skills section

Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.

 

How long should I do activities for the Skills section?

Level Minimum time:

Bronze

3 to 6 months

You need to do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.

Silver

3 to 12 months

You need to do either the Physical or Skills section for 6 months, the other for 3. If you haven’t achieved Bronze you must extend your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.

Gold

6 to 18 months

You need to do either the Physical or Skills section for 12 months, the other for 6. If you haven’t achieved Silver you must extend your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.


Performance arts

  • Ballet appreciation
  • Ceremonial drill
  • Circus skills
  • Conjuring & magic
  • Dance appreciation
  • Extreme ironing
  • Majorettes
  • Puppetry
  • Singing
  • Speech & drama
  • Theatre appreciation
  • Ventriliquism
  • Yoyo extreme

Care of animals

  • Agriculture (keeping livestock)
  • Aquarium keeping
  • Beekeeping
  • Caring for reptiles
  • Dog training & handling
  • Horse/donkey/llama/alpaca handling & care
  • Keeping of pets
  • Looking after birds (i.e. budgies & canaries)
  • Pigeon breeding & racing

Media & communication

  • Amateur radio
  • Communicating with people who are visually impaired
  • Communicating with people who have a hearing impediment
  • Film & video making
  • Journalism
  • Newsletter & magazine production
  • Signalling
  • Writing

Music

  • Church bell ringing
  • Composing
  • DJing
  • Evaluating music & musical performances
  • Improvising melodies
  • Listening to, analysing & describing music
  • Music appreciation
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Playing in a band
  • Reading & notating music
  • Understanding music in relation to history & culture

Science & technology

  • Aerodynamics
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Entomology
  • IT
  • Marine biology
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Physics
  • Rocket making
  • Taxonomy
  • Weather/meteorology
  • Website design
  • Zoology

Natural world

  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Gardening
  • Groundsmanship
  • Growing carniverous plants
  • Plant growing
  • Snail farming
  • Vegetable growing

Life skills

  • Alternative therapies
  • Cookery
  • Democracy in action
  • Digital lifestyle
  • Driving: car maintenance/car road skills
  • Driving: motorcycle maintenance/road skills
  • Event planning
  • First Aid – St John/St Andrew/BRCS
  • Hair & beauty
  • Learning about the emergency services
  • Learning about the RNLI (Lifeboats)
  • Library & information skills
  • Life skills
  • Massage
  • Money management
  • Navigation
  • Public speaking and debating
  • Skills for employment
  • Young Enterprise

Games & sports

  • Cards (i.e. bridge)
  • Chess
  • Clay target shooting
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Darts
  • Dominoes
  • Fishing/fly fishing
  • Flying
  • Gliding
  • Go-karting
  • Historical period re-enacting
  • Kite construction & flying
  • Mah Jongg
  • Marksmanship
  • Model construction & racing
  • Motor sports
  • Power boating
  • Snooker, pool & billiards
  • Sports appreciation
  • Sports leadership
  • Sports officiating
  • Table games
  • War games

Learning & collecting

  • Aeronautics
  • Aircraft recognition
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Astronautics
  • Astronomy
  • Bird watching
  • Coastal navigation
  • Coins
  • Collections, studies & surveys
  • Comics
  • Contemporary legends
  • Costume study
  • Criminology
  • Dowsing & divining
  • Fashion
  • Forces insignia
  • Gemstones
  • Genealogy
  • Heraldry
  • History of art
  • Military history
  • Movie posters
  • Postcards
  • Reading
  • Religious studies
  • Ship recognition
  • Stamp collecting

Creative arts

  • Basket making
  • Boat work
  • Brass rubbing
  • Building catapaults & trebuchets
  • Cake decoration
  • Camping gear making
  • Candle-making
  • Canoe building
  • Canvas work
  • Carnival/festival float construction
  • Ceramics
  • Clay modelling
  • Crocheting
  • Cross stitch
  • DIY
  • Dough craft
  • Drawing
  • Dressmaking

Creative arts (continued)

  • Egg decorating
  • Embroidery
  • Enamelling
  • Fabric printing
  • Feng Shui
  • Floral decoration
  • French polishing
  • Furniture restoration
  • Glass blowing
  • Glass painting
  • Interior design
  • Jewellery making
  • Knitting
  • Lace making
  • Leatherwork
  • Lettering & calligraphy
  • Macramé

Creative arts (continued)

  • Marquetry
  • Model construction
  • Mosaic
  • Painting & design
  • Patchwork • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Quilting
  • Rope work
  • Rug making
  • Snack pimping
  • Soft toy making
  • Tatting
  • Taxidermy
  • Textiles
  • Weaving and spinning
  • Wine/beer making
  • Woodwork