Peer Mentoring Short CoursePeer Mentoring Award cover (small)

The ASDAN Peer Mentoring Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of peer mentoring activity, providing recognition for those who are learning, developing, practising and passing on their skills for mentoring and 'buddying' younger ones.

As a flexible, multi-level award, it provides a stand-alone certificate of achievement, as well as the opportunity for progression to qualifications such as AoPE, CoPE or Wider Key Skills.

Who is it for?

Young people, mainly aged between 13 and 19, of all abilities in a variety of learning situations - schools, colleges and training centres.

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means that they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to situation.

How to achieve the Short Course

Students present a portfolio of evidence of their Peer Mentoring activities. This portfolio will contain:

  • completed Peer Mentoring Short Course book and evidence of challenges completed
  • planning and reviewing documents
  • record of progress
  • summary of achievement, identifying skills development


After successful internal moderation, centres submit a list of candidates' names via the secure area of this website and certificates are then issued by ASDAN. The portfolios are not submitted for external moderation. ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

How does this Short Course fit into the UK qualifications framework?

Credits from the Short Course can count as up to half the curriculum requirements of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), which is comparable to a GCSE at Levels 1 and 2, and is worth an AS Level at Level 3. It also provides the curriculum for the Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) which carries league table points comparable to half a GCSE. The Short Courses progression routes page has more information on how this works.


The ASDAN Programmes introductory workshop provides an overview of these awards, as well as information about building a portfolio, moderation and progression. More details, including course dates and online booking, are available in the Training and Events section.

Student Book

Click on the image below to see sample pages from the Peer Mentoring Short Course Student Book:

Peer Mentoring Award cover (small)  

This book can be purchased from the Online Catalogue.

Short Courses Tutor Guidance

Short Courses Tutor GuidanceThis resource supports the delivery of all the ASDAN Short Courses and provides advice, information and useful resources. This Guidance can be used by Short Course co-ordinators in a range of educational settings, including mainstream schools, colleges, alternative education provision and the non-formal sector.

Click on the image to view sample pages from the guidance.

This publication can be purchased from the Online Catalogue.

The Short Courses Guidance folder contains eight sections:

  • Introduction
  • Guide to Delivery
  • Case Studies
  • Adding Value (Progression and Qualifications)
  • Examples in Context
  • Generic Resources (also provided as e-resources on CD-ROM)
  • Example Portfolio
  • Keeping Up-To-Date (space for updates)

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