What is it?

The ASDAN Peer Mentoring Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of peer mentoring activity, providing recognition for those who are learning, developing, practising and passing on their skills for mentoring and 'buddying' younger ones.

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


Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities.

This portfolio will contain:

  • completed Peer Mentoring 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 four modules, each containing activities based around a different aspect of peer mentoring:

  • Peer Mentoring Training
  • Peer Mentoring Practice
  • Peer Mentoring Review
  • Peer Mentoring Leadership

Download sample pages from the Peer Mentoring 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

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.


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. 

What's Next?

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