What is it?

The Excelsis Award has been developed by ASDAN in partnership with the Independent Schools Association to bring an accredited personal skills development programme to the independent sector.

This flexible curriculum framework encourages the development of highly-valued core skills through extra-curricular activities and challenges in PSHE & Citizenship.

Who is it for?

The Excelsis Award has been designed for pupils in independent school settings, but also suits international schools and Gifted & Talented groups. It is available at three levels:

  • Foundation: aimed at ages 11-14
  • Intermediate: aimed at ages 14-16
  • Advanced: aimed at Post-16

Young people showing exceptional levels of competency for their age may complete the award at a higher, more appropriate level.

Facts and Figures

  • Standard Award requires 50 hours of activity
  • Honours Award requires 100 hours of activity
  • Internally moderated


To achieve the Excelsis Award, learners are required to demonstrate their development in five skill areas: Leadership and Teamworking; Self-Management; Problem Solving and Creative Thinking; Presentation; Research. 

There are two sizes of award available: The Standard Award requires 50 hours of activity, including evidence for two skills; the Honours Award requires 100 hours of activity, including evidence for all five skills.

Learners must compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate all they have done. This should include an Excelsis student book signed off by their tutor, evidence of the challenges they have completed, a personal statement and completed Skills Sheets (included within the book) to explain how they have developed their skills.

Student Book

Learners will show their skill development as they work through a choice of activities from the Excelsis student book, which is divided into eight sections: Citizenship; PSHE; Global Outlook; Participation; Application of Knowledge; Enterprise; Creativity and Development; and Gifted, Talented and Outstanding.

Download sample pages from the Excelsis student book. 

Each student must have their own book.

Supporting Resources

A tutor guidance booklet, which explains more about the processes involved, is free to download from the members area, once your centre has signed up to deliver the Excelsis Award.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Excelsis Award is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN can also arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for the Excelsis Award, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Student book and certification £12.90


Please note that prices are listed with VAT at 20% where appropriate. All prices valid until 31 August 2017.

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