Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Approved Activity Skills Provider

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s leading achievement award for young adults aged 14-24. It consists of three awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each offering a balanced programme of four activities, including volunteering, physical, skills and an expedition.

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Gain a Skill and a Qualification

KAZ Type is a DofE Approved Activity Skills Provider. We offer young adults the opportunity to learn the modern-day life skill of touch typing and gain a National Ofqual Regulated Qualification, (which adds to education records), as part of their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

  • Bronze & Silver Awards (12-week course)

    Online touch typing training.

    National Ofqual Regulated Assessment/Qualification in touch typing skills - Level 1(4 credits)

  • Gold Award - (6 or 12 month course)

    Online touch typing training.

    National Ofqual Regulated Assessment/Qualification in touch typing skills - Level 2 (6 credits)

Why learn touch typing as a skill?

Learning to touch type equips participants with an invaluable modern-day life skill which can help whilst in school, writing personal statements, in HE/FE (course work, Dissertations etc.) and the workplace.

Why gain a National Ofqual Regulated Qualification?

Ofqual is the office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Gaining a National Ofqual Regulated Qualification in touch typing skills that adds to education records, provides participants with extra credits and equips them with an asset to showcase on social media profiles, UCAS forms, CVs and job applications.

Why learn to touch type with KAZ for your DofE skill?


We have been teaching touching typing skills for over 30 years, and our software is recognised and used in schools, colleges and universities worldwide.


Our specialised multi-sensory software is suitable for both mainstream learners and learners with Special Educational Needs.


Our Accelerated Learning teaching method is tried, tested and proven. It was trialled by the Open University, which was so impressed with the results that they deployed it to 100,000 students and wrote a white paper on its effectiveness.


Being an online course & assessment, participants can log in from wherever they have an internet signal – school, home, library etc. and the software is suitable for PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and iPads with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Verify & Award

We believe that achievement should be celebrated. This is why we partnered with Open Awards to produce the only National Ofqual Regulated Qualification in touch typing skills. All successful participants receive a digital Ofqual certificate and have the qualification added to their education records.

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Online DofE Course Details

How we Teach

Easily – Efficiently - Effectively
  • This Approved Activity Skills course is for participants taking their Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award.

  • Participants can join at any time.

  • The Bronze and Silver Award Course & Ofqual Regulated Qualification (Level 1) lasts 12 weeks.

  • The Gold Award Course & Ofqual Regulated Qualification (Level 2) lasts six or twelve months.

  • All participants receive individual login codes, allowing them access to the course to train and practice at school, college or home at a time that suits them best.

  • Participants simultaneously receive an online DofE starter pack, including resources to help them get started:

    • Posture Guide

    • Home-row Key Guide

    • Interface Guide

    • Course Guide

    • Comprehensive Lesson Plan and Assessment Guide

    • Revision Notes (Online Theory Assessment)

  • Our online course is a tutorial in itself and consists of six modules. Participants should start at the top and work through each module in order, following their structured weekly lesson plan. Weekly Zoom sessions are also made available to discuss progress, guide, support and encourage.

  • The course is presented very simply, ensuring instruction is clear and easy to follow.

  • The opening Preference Screen, designed with the Dyslexia Research Trust, helps minimise visual disturbances for those participants who need it.

Modules include:

Flying Start– Introduces the course, the navigational tool and the home-row keys; teaches correct posture whilst sitting at a computer and the meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures of Repetitive Strain Injury

The Basics– Teaches the A-Z keys using our five scientifically structured and trademarked phrases. Each phrase takes just 15 – 20 minutes

Just Do It –– Reinforces the A-Z keys and builds muscle memory with additional exercises and fun challenge modules

And The Rest –– Teaches the number and punctuation keys

SpeedBuilder –– Offers daily practice - increasing speed and accuracy

Open Awards Ofqual Regulated Assessment– Consists of a Theory Assessment and a Practical Typing Test.

  • Per DofE requirements, participants are required to practice for 1 hour a week. However, after they have learned the a-z keys in the ‘Basics’ module, we recommend 15 -30 minutes of daily practice on the ‘Challenge’ and ‘SpeedBuilder’ Modules to build muscle memory, speed and accuracy.

  • Once participants have completed the course and are ready to sit the Ofqual Assessment:

  • School/Colleges– a teacher/administrator will act as Invigilator, per our Invigilator Guidelines.

    Individuals– a parent/guardian must be present in the room (if the participant is under 16) whilst being recorded via webcam facilities, per our Invigilator Guidelines.

The Assessment comprises of two modules:
Bronze & Silver Awards

Theory Paper – Level 1 (4 credits)

Duration -35 minutes

Multiple Choice & True/False questions on:

  • Correct posture when sitting at the computer

  • Touch typing technique

  • Repetitive Strain Injury & eye strain

Pass mark – 50%

Typing Test – 3 minute duration – Level 1

  • Recording speed and accuracy

Pass mark – 25 WPM with an accuracy of 85%

Gold Award

Theory Paper – Level 2 (6 credits)

Duration - 55 minutes

Multiple Choice/True/False & Short Scenario questions on:

  • Correct posture when sitting at the computer

  • Touch typing technique

  • Repetitive Strain Injury and eye strain

  • Care of your screen and keyboard

Pass mark – 50%

Typing Test – 3 minute duration – Level 2

Recording speed and accuracy

Pass mark – 35 WPM with an accuracy of 85%

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