What is it?

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.

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.


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

Requirements

Students present a portfolio of evidence of their 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

Student Book

The activities in this Short Course are 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

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 

Each student must have their own book, which registered centres can purchase 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 Members Area.

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

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Join section for more information. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the programme is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books from the Online Catalogue and access additional resources and guidance via the secure area of the ASDAN website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.


ASDAN Secure Area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Short Courses, you can access further information and resources via the website's Secure Area. It contains all relevant updates, essential documents, forms and resources.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the Secure Area. You can register for a password online, by using the password request form.

Certification

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. 

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