Mrs C King – Centre Co-ordinator

What Is ASDAN?

ASDAN is an awarding body whose programmes and qualifications offer flexible ways of developing and accrediting personal, social and work-related abilities.

ASDAN offers a range of programmes and qualification covering a vast array of skills and areas of study. The ASDAN course at St Aidan’s will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the students who opt for it. On the ASDAN course, opportunities also exist for mentoring and students benefit from being in smaller groups, allowing time for help with organisation and time management.

Areas of study could include:

  • Short Course Qualifications
  • Employability Skills Development
  • AOPE: Award Of Personal Effectiveness

Short Courses are offered in a huge range of subjects – Environmental, Expressive Arts, FoodWise, Gardening, Sports and Fitness, Computing, Construction and Hospitality. All the Short Courses develop skills and knowledge in a specific area as well as encouraging team work and problem solving. The courses are assessed by means of a portfolio of work which is internally assessed.

The Employability Skills Development course takes an activity-based approach to raising learners’ awareness of the working environment. It can support learners in preparation for traineeships, apprenticeships or getting a job. The course is assessed by means of a portfolio of work which is internally assessed.

Each activity on the AOPE course gives the students the opportunity to learn and develop Wider Key Skills and the skills of Personal Effectiveness. Activities are chosen from the following assessment units: Working with Others, Planning and Reviewing Learning, Dealing with Problems in Daily Life, Planning and Carrying out Research, Group Discussion, Preparing for and Giving a Presentation and Developing Self. In addition, students will also develop skills of Creativity, Resilience, Writing for a Purpose and Numeracy.

The emphasis of the AOPE course is to develop the skills through doing. Therefore the majority of the learning and skills development takes place through practical activities adding up to a total of at least 60 hours assessed work. Students learn how to plan (setting their own goals and targets), how to manage their time effectively and to reflect on the skills they are developing. Possible activities might include re-designing and planting a garden at school, taking part in an enterprise project, designing and producing a leaflet, practical science investigations, planning and going on a journey and organising an activity to raise money for charity. Projects vary from year to year depending on the interests of the group.

The Award of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification available at Level 1 and Level 2. The course is 100% coursework; students build up a portfolio of work and evidence for the units they have completed which is externally assessed.

What can I do with this course?

The skills which ASDAN courses develop are highly valued by employers. As the courses develop Personal Effectiveness Skills as well as Improving Own Learning they can also prepares students for the more independent approach required for success at A Level, Further Education and in Higher Education.