What is it?

The Universities Award provides a framework to accredit a range of post-16 activities through an activity-based curriculum.

Who is it for?

The Universities Award is aimed at schools, colleges and sixth-form centres and is primarily designed for post-16 students of all abilities looking to go into Higher Education or employment. The Award can be used for large numbers of post-16 students because of its accessibility for a wide range of students and ease of moderation.

Facts and Figures


To achieve this internally moderated, portfolio-based award, students are required to present evidence of their chosen challenges together with a personal statement. 

The Award will normally be completed through a combination of centre/classroom-based and external activities. The overall guided learning time is 120 hours.


There are six modules with two sections in each: 

  • Active Citizenship 
  • Work Related Activities 
  • Career Planning 
  • Global Awareness 
  • Enrichment Activities 
  • Extended Project 

Students are free to choose from these, completing 20-hour, 30-hour or 40-hour challenges. 

Student Book

Click on the image below to view sample pages from the Universities Award Record Book:

Universities Award - cover 

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

External moderation is only required for a centre's first submission of Universities Award candidates. External moderation is not required for subsequent submissions, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

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