What is it?

The FoodWise Short Course gives candidates the opportunity to develop and accredit their practical cooking skills, as well as building knowledge of a variety of food-related issues.

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre (up to 60 hours). Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.

Did you know that you can now offer this course through our new eLearning platform? Visit Short Courses Online to find out more.

Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE
  • Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills


Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities.

This portfolio will contain:

  • completed FoodWise book and evidence of challenges completed
  • planning and reviewing documents
  • record of progress
  • summary of achievement, identifying skills development

Student Book

The FoodWise Short Course comprises seven modules:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Basic Food Safety
  • Food Preparation and Presentation
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • Entertaining
  • The Food Industry
  • Practical Cooking Skills

Download sample pages from the FoodWise Short Course student book.

Each student must have their own book, which registered centres can purchase from the Online Catalogue

Supporting Resources

The Short Courses Tutor Guidance 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:

Short Courses Tutor Guidance

This publication can be purchased from the Online Catalogue

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 Short Courses are 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 also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Short Courses, 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.

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