History Short Course coverHistory Short Course

This addition to ASDAN's range of Short Courses will help young people to develop their history skills, and will be particularly relevant in preparation for the English Baccalaureate. It has been produced in collaboration with the Historical Association, who authored the curriculum, and offers a choice of history-themed activities and challenges grouped into the following modules:

  • Local History
  • British History – Our Island Stories
  • Britain, the Empire and the World
  • History From Below
  • European History
  • History in the World

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 History activities. This portfolio will contain:

  • completed History 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 and Guidance Notes

Click on the images below to see sample pages from the History Student Book and Tutor Notes:

History Short Course cover  History Tutor Notes cover 

The student book can be purchased from the Online Catalogue. Tutor notes, including guidance for every challenge in the student book, are available for registered ASDAN centres to download for free from the Secure Area.

History resourcesHistory resources

There is a wide range of history-themed resources available from theOrb, ASDAN's Online Resource Bank, which is free for all staff at ASDAN-registered centres. These link to challenges from the History Short Course.

There are further support materials, articles and worksheets available from the Historical Association's website.

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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