What is it?

Developed in association with MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry), the Mathematics Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of Maths-related activities. It offers opportunities to develop understanding of the main topics in GCSE Mathematics and apply the key attributes of functional mathematics; representing, analysing and interpreting.

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. 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

Requirements

Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities.

This portfolio will contain:

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

Student Book

The Short Course is split into six modules:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Money
  • Number
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Algebra
  • Mathematical Discovery

Download sample pages from the Mathematics Short Course student book.

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

Supporting Resources

A free set of downloadable tutor notes to support the Geography Short Course containing guidance for each challenge and suggested resources are available to centres registered for Short Courses in the members area.

A Quick Guide to Short Courses is also available to support the delivery of all ASDAN Short Courses. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.

Additional resources to support Short Courses can be downloaded from theOrb – ASDAN’s Online Resource Bank. Resources available include witness statements, activity logs, lesson plans, worksheets and examples of evidence.

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. 

Certification

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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